The 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. 

At Key Stage 4 both academic and vocational  subjects are equally highly valued and opportunities are available for pupils to study for both GCSE and BTEC qualifications depending on their skillsets and indivdual career choices.


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.  Through Workshop Wednesday sessions in Years 7 and 8, pupils develop skills such as problem solving, oracy, teamwork and leadership.

All pupils are encouraged to develop their self-confidence and practice 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, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese Art, Music, Drama and PE.  From September 2020 pupils also have ICT lessons to support their digital learning skill in line with school founding vision. Students also enjoy to other school learners, primary and international. Workshop Wednesday 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

All pupils at Wapping High study English Literature, English Language, Maths and either Combined or Separate Science at GCSE.  Alongside their core subjects, pupils are able to choose from a range of options at GCSE and BTEC level. Currently subjects studies by Wapping High pupils include Art, Drama, Sociology, History, Geography, Technology and Food and Nutrition at GCSE level.  Wapping High also offers pupils the opportunity to study for a BTEC in Business and Enterprise as well as Sport and Fitness. From September 2020 pupils will also begin BTECs in Health and Social Care and Information Technology. Students in KS4 also access the schools enrichment program.

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

The Trust constantly explores the possibility of opening a Sixth Form here which will deliver Vocational and Academic curriculum options. All pupils have the opportunity to meet with providers from local post 16 establishments alongside companies that offer apprenticeships.  Wapping High hosts a post 16 information event for all Year 11 pupils each year alongside pupils visiting the Skills London event at Excel. Each pupil is supported in applications for post 16 education to ensure the best possible destination.

All Stages

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



On Thursday afternoons (13:40-15:40) all pupils take part in enrichment.  Pupils are free to choose their activity from the range of options and groups are made up of a mix of age groups.  Activities include dance, drama, music, languages, journalism, cricket, basketball, football, Duke of York Award, art, textiles and many more.

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