Curriculum

We aim to offer a varied and balanced curriculum which allows pupils to achieve their potential in a stimulating and supportive atmosphere. Careful attention is paid to the needs of the individual pupil and wherever possible, a tailored programme will be created to stretch the most able or support the least confident.

Moorland School is only a small family boarding school, although we believe that our A-level subject range is very comprehensive in relation to our size. We offer a range of ‘A’ level subjects taught by highly qualified subject specialists in small groups. We also offer a selection of BTEC courses, which tend to suit young people who prefer a more guided learning experience and ongoing assessment throughout the course. For BTEC students, there is the option to add a suitable A level alongside the BTEC course.

We also offer a one year ‘A’ level entry programme for those students who need to acquire a higher understanding and working knowledge of the English Language. This will be of interest to our many International students who choose to attend Moorland School. Please note that these programmes will be fully supported by our dedicated team of EFL teachers.

A-level and BTEC Level 3 qualifications available include:

English LanguageMathematicsChemistry
English LiteratureFurther MathematicsPsychology
FrenchEconomicsRE
SpanishBusiness StudiesHistory
ChineseComputer StudiesGeography
BiologyChemistryPhysics

I believe that our students leave Moorland Sixth Form as happy, confident, articulate, likeable and successfully robust young men and women, in full readiness for the challenges of adult life.

Jonathan Harrison

Headteacher

The Moorland International Academies

Life at Moorland

Moving Daniel from the local comprehensive school during the Easter of Year 8 was the best decision we have ever made. Prior to Moorland, Daniel felt sick every morning and made himself ill, making every excuse not to go to school as he didn’t feel like he fitted in and he always said he didn’t feel safe. Dan was quiet and withdrawn, walking stooped with his head looking at the floor. Since coming to Moorland, Dan is a confident young man who loves going to school and walks tall. Now when Dan is unwell we have to force him to stay at home!

As a family we cannot thank all the staff enough for the opportunites Dan gets and the way he loves learning now. Dan also completed his first ever voluntary school trip abroad skiing with Moorland in Year 9. This for us as a family was hugely significant, as he is such a home bird and we were so happy that he loved the experience.

We chose Moorland as it is small and our experience is that the staff know Dan intimately so that they are able to encourage, support and motivate him to get him to achieve his best potential. On the Moorland School buses it says ensuring every child comes home happy. Dan definitely comes home happy.


The Fletcher Family Year 9 Parent

From the beginning of identifying a boarding school for both our children, not only have they flourished academically, with the help and assistance of all teachers and the pastoral staff they’ve helped to nurture them to become successful, polite and confident young children.  The pastoral care is second to none, living approx. 3000 miles away this is reassuring to know that their wellbeing is just as important as the academic side of things.  We as parents would happily encourage parents if looking for a private education for their children to look no further than Moorland School.


The Branch Family Year 9 & 12 Parents

Both our daughters attended Moorland Private School from year 7 and have thoroughly enjoyed their school life here. Initially contacting the school as our eldest daughter was experiencing a lack of confidence at her previous primary school, she has developed into a resilient, mature, self-aware young woman, becoming Head Girl at Moorland in Year 11.

The Moorland teaching staff are very friendly, approachable and passionate about their subject. It is clear to see a feeling of mutual respect between staff and pupil around the school. Due to smaller class sizes, teachers are able to provide individual support in class and are also available outside of class for extra support in person and through the online learning system, Edmodo. The timetable was developed to take account of their individual preferences, subject combinations and higher levels of study. It has been very pleasing to see our girls enjoying their academic studies and taking ownership of their own learning, completing independent study and wider reading to pursue their academic interest and career aims. As a College Lecturer myself, I realise the importance of these skills to maximise their potential through Sixth Form and University life.


The Spence Family Year 10 & 11 Parents

Right from the start, Moorland School was the right choice for our children. My daughter and my son joined Moorland in 2007.

They are happy when they go to school and they are happy when they come home, therefore they are achieving great results and we are very proud of them.

Pastoral care is embedded within the School and all the pupils’ needs are carefully accounted for. Communication is way beyond what we would normally expect, we have direct email addresses to all teaching and admin staff, giving us 24/7 access to the School.

We feel an important part of the Moorland Family and they are an important part of ours, and as a consequence we are very proud to be raising outstanding children with good hearts.


The Burby Family Year 10 Parents

Our children started their Moorland journey 7 years ago, and it has proved to be the best move we could have made.  Both Dominic and Gabrielle were made to feel right at home from day one.

We have seen the School go from strength to strength, whilst not losing the ‘family’ feel and their core values. Dominic achieved 11 GCSEs at Grade C and above, way above what previous schools were telling us he was capable of.

Gabrielle still attends Moorland, and we continue to see her flourish with the support of the caring teaching team and school staff.  Gabrielle is encouraged by her teachers, and afforded their complete time, support and energy.  The latter helps her confidences in the social and academic sense.

As a family, it is paramount to know that your children are safe, happy and reaching their true potential.  At Moorland, we know that this is truly the case for our children.


The Cheetham Family Year 10 Parents

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