Our curriculum has been built to:

•  be engaging so that young people enjoy their learning

•  be inclusive so that all learners can follow courses appropriate to their needs and abilities

•  be enriched by a diverse extra-curricular programme in which all participate

•  be flexible enough to incorporate the growing range of academic and vocational opportunities

•  prepare young people for the world of work and for active participation within the various communities in which they choose to live


If you would like any more information about the curriculum our school follows then please contact the relevant Curriculum Leader in the first instance (see Staff Directory). If you need further help then please contact reception and they will be happy to assist with your enquiries.


Over the two-year course pupils will experience an exciting, diverse range of art activities in a variety of areas including: ceramics, fine art, print-making, sculpture, graphics. Pupils will be expected to produce two major pieces of work which are supported by sketch books which document the processes of recording, designing, experimentation, research and investigation.

Child Development

Pupils will begin work on their Child Study. This makes up 40% of the total marks and involves the study of a single child under the age of 5 by the end of the study (February).

Citizenship, PSHE and CaSS

A high-quality Citizenship, PSHE and CaSS education helps to provide pupils with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society. In particular, Citizenship, PSHE and CaSS education fosters pupils’ keen awareness and understanding of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld.

Computing and ICT

ICT is a subject area which exhibits perpetual change, therefore our aim is to encourage all students to develop transferable ICT skills relevant to their future lives and careers.

Design and technology (including food technology)

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.


In today’s world, communication is of the utmost importance. Skills need to be learned which will enable you to hear and be heard, to collaborate, to contribute and to present yourself to society. Drama, it could be said, facilitates the development of these skills like no other subject.


English is a major part of the life and successes of every student at Old Buckenham High School. The varied course we offer students aims to sustain and stimulate each student’s curiosity, interest, enjoyment and enthusiasm for English.


Geography is a fascinating subject that helps young people to understand their place in a rapidly changing world. In the department we aim to help students develop an understanding of the interplay between the physical and human factors that influence the environment.


Our aim in the History Department is to prepare pupils for the future by engaging with the past. Through the study of their community, Britain, Europe and the wider world, pupils develop an understanding of the past which enables them to make sense of the present and become understanding and informed citizens of the future.


Mathematics is a highly successful subject whose philosophy is to engage, encourage and help the pupils to achieve their best. Our pupils consistently achieve well in this subject at GCSE and we aim to ensure this continues year on year. Large numbers of pupils already achieve the highest grades.

Modern Foreign Languages

A great way to start getting to know and understand other people better is by learning their language. You will learn so much more about them – the music they enjoy listening to, the food they like to eat, their sport, culture and history.


Music maintains a high profile at OBHS, and Achieving Excellence Together is central to all departmental activities. As well as curriculum lessons, we offer private lessons in piano, singing, guitar, drums, brass and woodwind.

Personal Social Development

Personal and Social Development is a Level 1 qualification supporting students in developing skills to prepare them for independence and working life. The lead teacher for PSD is Mrs D Green. To find out the content of the curriculum followed for this subject click on the link below.

Physical Education

The school believes that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment is a unique and vital contributor to a pupil’s physical and personal development and well-being. A broad and balanced physical education curriculum is intended to provide for pupil’s increasing self-confidence in their ability to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of movement situations.


At OBHS our students study the National Curriculum organised by the Government which continues from Key Stage 2 studies at primary school and develops their skills in practical Science and their understanding of the three specialisms of Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.


The lead teacher for Sociology is Miss R Burkinshaw. To find out the content of the curriculum followed for this subject click on the link below