Core Curriculum

Wapping High School provides a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the needs of students in a rapidly-changing world. The curriculum is designed to follow a personalised learning approach, providing flexibility to meet the needs of all students across the ability range. Students are expected to take significant responsibility for their own learning with project-based learning time included in their programmes.

The curriculum blends high quality, imaginative learning opportunities supported by a rich digital environment. There is also a rigorous focus on ensuring that all students develop the highest quality skills in reading, writing, numeracy and communication.

As well as the range of subjects that you would expect, students also learn how best to learn, to communicate, to think critically and strategically, and to understand themselves, each other and the wider world, both real and virtual. Students will normally be expected to attain the core KS4 offer of 5 GCSEs or equivalent, with the more able students taking up more should they wish to. Both academic and vocational educational pathways are equally highly valued and the opportunity to attain BTEC qualifications in subjects such as Sport and Photography are encouraged.


Wapping High School strives to ensure that our learners are enterprising and innovative. Key curriculum subjects such as English, Science, Maths, Humanities, Languages and Technology use real-world context and understanding to encourage this innovation and the spirit of enterprise. 

Enterprise and innovation builds self-confidence and teaches the skills required to self-motivate, experiment and to develop new products and services and bring them to market. 

Friends of the school from outside businesses, industries and public life participate in projects and activities throughout the school.

Key Stage 3

At KS3 all students follow the National Curriculum with a full range of subjects including English, Maths, Science, Technology, History, Geography, Languages (French/Spanish), PSHE, Art, Music, Drama and PE. Project-based learning links subjects to ensure that all learning is more enjoyable, meaningful and exciting. Students also enjoy a high quality enrichment program designed to extend learning beyond the curriculum.

Key Stage 4

Normally at KS4 all students will study a core of English, Maths, Sciences, History and a language and then will have a range of options from a number of GCSE and BTEC qualifications. These options will include a second language e.g Spanish, Technology, Geography, History, Art,  BTEC Sport, BTEC Photography, Business & Sociology. 

PE & Sports

A rich range of PE and sports are provided at Wapping High School, including ball sports, dance and fitness. All students participate in PE lessons every week. In addition, many sports-based enrichment activities are also offered especially during Wednesday non-curriculum time. This means that students have the opportunity to take up a healthy amount of PE or sports each week. 

Sixth Form

Many of our current students at Wapping High if we could open a Sixth Form as they are keen to stay. The Trust constantly explores the possiblity of opening a Sixth Form here which will deliver a full curriculum of Vocational and Academic curriculum options. We will keep you informed with any planned future devlopments.

All Stages

At all stages of building students, Digital Technology skill as an important element of their personal development will be interwoven into the curriculum underpinning an empowering learning experience. At all stages, students will also study PSHE, Ethics and Cultural Studies to develop their wider educational needs.

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