Thomas Whitehead C of E VA Primary School

Thomas Whitehead CE Academy

A member of the Diocese of St Albans Multi Academy Trust

Believing & Achieving together

Church School
Xtranet VLE




Curriculum  2018-2019

Thomas Whitehead CE Academy School Vision

All children and staff to be happy and achieve their full potential in a caring and enriched environment providing exciting and challenging opportunities.

 ‘Believing & Achieving Together’


The curriculum at Thomas Whitehead CE Academy is continually developing and evolves according to the needs of our children and the aspirations of the staff and community. We wholeheartedly believe that our children have the right to an engaging, enriched and inspirational curriculum, which fosters curiosity and makes learning come alive. Central to this is our desire to provide meaningful and challenging learning opportunities, which relate closely to the children’s life experiences and personal interests.

Appreciation of Life in Modern Britain

We are passionate about enabling children to become active citizens, who make a positive contribution to both the school and wider community. We ensure that the children at Thomas Whitehead CE Academy develop an appreciation of life in modern Britain and their cultural heritage, as well as an awareness of important issues in the world around them.

Aims and Objectives

The key aims of our school curriculum are to:

  • inspire children to develop a life-long love of learning;
  • help children to develop the skills and attributes necessary to be successful learners;
  • encourage children to develop their own personal interests;
  • support children in understanding their developing world and how their environment and society has changed in modern Britain;
  • foster creativity through art, design, drama and music;
  • enable children to develop core skills in English, mathematics, science and computing to ensure they have a solid basis for future growth.

 The National Curriculum

Thomas Whitehead CE Academy is committed to meeting the requirements of the revised National Curriculum, which became statutory for all maintained schools from September 2014. We have reviewed our provision to reflect the content and challenge of the updated programmes of study and combine a rich, cross-curricular approach, with the discrete teaching of knowledge and specific skills to enthuse, challenge, inspire and motivate our children.


We are committed to provide our children with a range of visits, visitors and experiences which enrich the children’s experiences and enable them to become more curious and inspired learners. We highly value these experiences and ensure that they are available to all our children.

We aim to ensure children:

  • develop confidence in a range of situations;
  • experience high quality  and unique opportunities;
  • meet with experts in a range of  different skills, jobs or experiences;
  • are confident in asking questions about the world around them relating learning to new areas.