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Chingford Foundation School

We pride ourselves on our unique environment which equips every student with skills, knowledge and enriching experiences.

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Chingford Foundation School provides a 'firm foundation for life'.

Our curriculum is our priority and is rooted in our school values (CARE). The specific vision for Chingford Foundation School is to create a student-centred and challenging curriculum, in a safe, caring and respectful environment, that prepares students for their future.

The four key pillars that underpin our curriculum thinking and design are:

  • Inclusivity - striving to ensure our curriculum is diverse and meets the needs of all students.
  • Knowledge - striving for knowledge to be at the heart of our curriculum offer in its design and delivery.
  • Independence - striving to ensure students are supported on their journey to becoming independent learners through high expectations, guided teacher instruction and a promotion of achievement.
  • Empowerment - striving to ensure students gain a secure understanding of essential knowledge and develop their cultural capital to form their own opinions, critique different views and that they understand their role as a global citizen.

This builds directly on our enrichment opportunities as part of our 'Journey to Excellence': 

  • A distinct PSHE and character curriculum designed around our school values (CARE).
  • A wide range of extra-curricular activities.
  • A focus on career opportunities and advice.

This ensures we, at Chingford Foundation School, are giving our students a 'firm foundation for life'.

We implement our curriculum by:

  • Building on prior learning including what has been learnt at KS2.
  • Mapping the knowledge and skills that will be covered in each subject.
  • Ensuring the curriculum is well-sequenced for coherence.
  • Having a high challenge that allows all students to progress.
  • Using current educational research and thinking to ensure it best meets the needs of students.
  • Striving to deploy staff who have excellent subject knowledge that is continuously developed and led by specialist subject leaders responsible for curriculum design and delivery.
  • Ensuring information is ‘chunked’ to enable effective learning and retention and that assessments accurately identify that knowledge has been learnt and applied as well as informing future learning.
  • Regularly quality assuring the curriculum to make sure it is implemented well.

At ages 11-14 (KS3)

Students study a broad, balancing and challenging curriculum. Subjects include English, Maths, Science, French, Spanish, Religious Studies, Geography, History, Design and Food Technology, Art, Music, PE, Drama, and PSHE. The KS3 curriculum is mapped to and exceeds the demands of the National Curriculum.

 At ages 15-16 (KS4)

Students study 8 or 9 GCSEs. All of the subjects followed at KS3 continue to be offered in Year 10 and 11.  In addition, students have the opportunity to study technical qualifications such as Electronics, Resistant Materials, a City and Guilds Woodwork qualification, ICT Cambridge National/Computer Science GCSE, as well as subjects offering access to professional pathways such as GCSE Food and Nutrition and Hospitality and Catering. 

Please click here for more information on how we map ICT across the curriculum at KS4.

At ages 16 -19 (KS5)

There is a full academic range of subjects on offer, most of which provide progression routes or specialisation from GCSE courses including Sociology, Psychology, Economics, and Further Maths qualifications. In addition, we have maintained core PE and PSHE once a week and expanded our provision to include Cambridge Technical and BTEC qualifications alongside traditional A-Level routes. This allows the majority of our Year 11 leavers to continue their education with us. 

Bespoke pathways

Almost all students study our mainstream KS4 model. However for a small number of students, especially within our SRP, we provide a curriculum that focuses on literacy and numeracy skills as well as functional and life skills, including work experience and off site visits. This enables pupils with barriers to learning to secure strong destinations post-16.


We support the development of literacy across the curriculum in a number of ways:

  • An emphasis on Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary.
  • The use of Accelerated Reader.
  • Lexia literacy support for students who require additional support.
  • Promotion of wider reading through the reading passport scheme, recommended reads, school challenges and in form time.
  • Timetabled library lessons.
  • Opportunities to celebrate and promote a love of reading in form time, through assemblies and special days such as World Book Day.
Hours a fortnight
Subject Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
English 8 8 8 8 8
Maths 8 8 8 8 8
Science 6 6 8 8 8
PSHE 1 1 1 2 2
PE 4 4 4 4 4
Option 1 (RS) or RS 2 3 2 5 5
Option 2 5 5
Option 3 5 5
Option 4 5 5
Art 2 2 2
Computing 2 2 1
Design 2 2 2
Food 1 1 2
Drama 1 1 1
MFL 4 4 4
Geography 3 3 3
History 4 4 3
Music 2 1 1