Curriculum Statement for Harleston Sancroft Academy

Curriculum Intent 

All children are unique and the curriculum intent at Harleston Sancroft Academy is to provide our pupils with a knowledge-rich, vocabulary-driven, skills-based curriculum which will enable all pupils to ‘Live life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10).  

By embedding knowledge-rich learning we create and build opportunities for children to look within and outside of their own context.  We enrich their experiences through high quality vocabulary acquisition, leading children to develop a greater understanding of the world around them.  A skills-based approach to contextualising learning, through thought-provoking questions and meaningful opportunities, enables children to apply what they have been taught. Through the implementation of our curriculum, a distinct body of knowledge relevant to our community, creates an ambitious curriculum which builds piece by piece through a carefully considered sequence from the early years through to the end of key stage 4.

Curriculum Implementation

The implementation of the curriculum is underpinned by our core values – Hope, Perseverance, Wisdom, Love, Respect and Faith;  as well as the broader British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect. 

The curriculum has been built upon a clear understanding of what makes great teaching and effective learning with a recognition that everyone in our school community is a learner, who can enhance and extend their understanding. We focus on building students’ knowledge beyond the test, by teaching a broad and balanced curriculum. 

Curriculum Impact 

We believe that the curriculum is the progression model.  Students have made progress if they have learnt a subject’s programme of study.  We place more emphasis on teaching to the curriculum and not to the test. As a result of responsive teaching, regularly reviewing learning and revisiting knowledge, students develop mastery in their subjects. The impact of our knowledge-rich, vocabulary-driven, skills-based curriculum can be measured through academic success in national assessments and through our clearly-structured assessment framework.  

The impact of our curriculum can be seen through the readiness of children to engage in their next steps. Children are equipped with the knowledge, vocabulary and skills necessary to continue on their learning journey, to be successful citizens in the world around them and to ‘Live life in all its Fullness’, from Sancroft and Beyond.


I feel valued as a member of staff. I like the fact the school has a clear vision, a vision that I feel a part of.

Current member of teaching staff


Every single person who works at the school contributes to who I am. It truly is a special place where we are all one big family.

Current Y11 student


The Harleston Sancroft Academy has evolved to where it is now with dignity, strength and kindness.

Current parent of Y10 student