Moorland School offers a very unique curriculum offering, through their varied specialist qualified teachers, coaches and ballet instructors. Indeed, the range of the school’s offering is unparalleled by many schools, especially by one so small.
The school’s ethos of selecting students based on behaviour is further enriched by the capping of class sizes to 20 students, which sees typical class sizes of between 15 to 18 students. These reduced class sizes allows our professional teaching team to effectively patrol and assess learning as it is taking place, free of many classroom behavioral distractions.
Indeed, the reduced class sizes also means that our teachers have literally more time to mark books and homework to a higher standard, as well as being able to give meaningful feedback, intervention and progress checks.
The small class sizes also mean that students cannot simply hide from the teacher, thus being allowed to underachieve, indeed because of our size we know both the students and parents extremely well, and parents have the personal work email addresses of everyone of their child’s teachers.
Indeed, we can never understand why parents would place their children into other private schools where class sizes exceed 25 students to the class, as many of these schools are beginning to have similar class sizes to many state maintained schools. The simple truth is the more children you place into a class the more you dilute the teacher’s time, interaction and quality.
Moorland School offers 24 GCSE qualifications or their equivalence, and many of these subjects including additional specialisms are offered by the school at A-Level, please familiar yourself with our Sixth Form whilst visiting our website.
Please see our subject offering below:
|English Literature||Computer Science||Chemistry||History|
|Additional English||Business Studies||Biology||Religious Studies|
|Media Studies||Food & Nutrition||BTEC in Sports||Music|
The school’s dedication to ensure that children maximise their academic potentials is fully supported by the dedicated operation of a Curriculum Review Panel which meets weekly to discuss teaching and learning, assessments, differentiation, timetabling, options, curriculum planning and our children this panel is made up of six members of staff, Dr Bootle, Head of Science, Ms Nolan, Head of English, Ms Pursglove, Head of Mathematics, and Head of Faculty, Mrs Booth, SENDCo and our Headteacher, Mr Harrison.
The Curriculum Review Panel are heavily commitment to transparently reflect the views of all teaching and support staff to ensure consistency, and effective delivery of our educational ethos, thus ensuring that all children will achieve in each subject in accordance with their ability.
The Curriculum Review Panel have completely reviewed the entire curriculum offering, and have established and agreed a consistent approach to every aspect of recording, monitoring, planning and marking. They have also agreed that regular and meaningful marking must take place and that this evidence, assessment must then inform the planning for subsequent lessons.
Mrs. Booth along with the Headteacher hold the overarching responsibilities for teaching and learning and educational standards across the whole school, and Mrs. Booth ensures that all children are appropriately differentiated for, thus enabling them to excel and make excellent progress across all of their chosen wide ranging subject choices.
All children in the entire school have been academically assessed upon entry using GSL CAT, Cognitive Ability Test and other GSL assessments which are used to identify SEND requirements, such as Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia and Dyslexia. These will also be supported by a vast range of examination weeks, end of unit assessments and a comprehensive reading age test. This test was delivered as recently as the Summer Term, 2018.
Moorland School also employs two Assistant Headteacher’s, who closely assist the Headteacher thus ensuring that the daily operation runs smoothly. Mrs Deborah Frost is one of our Assistant Headteacher’s, and she also holds additional responsibilities as the schools nominated Designated Safeguarding Lead, (DSL) and GCSE Examinations Officer.
I am also delighted to announce that we have successfully satisfied all moderation standards for both the GCSE JCQ Examinations Body, and for the BTEC Level 2 & 3 Awards, including retaining the LFE contract for the education of all Blackburn Rovers Football Club Scholars, on their plus 16 BTEC Level 3 programme.Mrs Deborah Frost
The School is also internationally renowned for our football programme and ballet programmes, as we have developed and produced many professional footballers, and we are the current Lancashire Cup and England Schools Champions 2018, (ESFA).
The school offers Level 1 and 2 football coaching qualifications, alongside BTEC Levels 2 & 3 within sports and football. The Level 3 BTEC has the equivalence of 3 A-Levels in regards to university entry UCAS points.
Additionally, our two Ballet Directors were trained at the Royal Ballet, and both worked as Principal Dancers for Northern Ballet Company. Lynsey and Simon Kidd are internationally respected, and have been invited to support ballet development within Japan.
The school has had ballerinas ranked extremely highly in the world at major competitions, such as having one student placed in the top 12 in a major world ranking event in New York, in 2018. All graduated ballerinas have gone on to win professional contracts performing within professional ballet companies.
Students have also completed degree level examinations in ballet and dance, including gaining high level coaching qualifications alongside their academic and dance qualifications.
Please review our programmes in greater detail within both the football and ballet sections of this website, including reviewing our extra-curricula offerings.