Curriculum for Wales

“A school’s curriculum is everything a learner experiences in pursuit of the four purposes. It  is not simply what we teach, but how we teach and crucially, why we teach it.” (Welsh  Government, Curriculum for Wales, 2020). 

From September 2023, we will be delivering the new Curriculum for Wales on a statutory  basis to Year 7 and 8 learners, with a view to extending this provision, year on year, to years  9 – 11. Our aim is to maintain a centre of excellence for teaching and learning, to create  ambitious, capable learners; creative and enterprising individuals; ethical, informed citizens;  and healthy, confident young people. 


At Denbigh High School, our vision is for all learners to be healthy, happy, curious and  courageous.  

Healthy – Learners recognise and enjoy healthy relationships with their peers, families and  teachers. They fully engage with the curriculum at Denbigh High School to learn how to  make a significant and positive contribution to the world in which they live and represent the  school with pride and respect in the local community. The Curriculum at Denbigh High  School has learner health and wellbeing at its core. We will provide all learners with  opportunities to improve their physical fitness and to recognise the impact it has on mental  wellbeing and academic performance. 

Happy – Learners and teachers work together to promote an extraordinary learning  environment and celebrate high performance in all fields of endeavour. The curriculum at  DHS will provide frequent and relevant opportunities to develop independent reading skills  as an access route to all other learning and will relentlessly promote the value of reading for  pleasure, recognising its influence on mental health.  

Curious – All learners value and embrace our knowledge rich curriculum. Every member of  our school community recognises that knowledge is the foundation of all further learning and  the development of all life-skills. Our curriculum will provide the best quality learning  experiences to deepen understanding of highly relevant subject matter, in every lesson,  every day. 

Courageous – The Denbigh High School curriculum will develop calculated risk taking  during the learning journey, and learners will have the courage to accept that mistakes can  be made, recognising the value of misconceptions in the learning process and to recognise  and value diversity in all its forms. 

Guides for Parents

Watch the video below and click on the CfW Guide for Parents which explains the new curriculum in more detail.

Assessment and Progression

Assessment and progression are integral to our curriculum, with a focus on Assessment for  Learning strategies. This allows us to identify gaps in learning, provide support, and  challenge students accordingly. Our assessment process facilitates active engagement and  continuous improvement, helping us understand individual strengths and areas for  development.

Assessment has three main roles in the process of enabling learner  progression: 

• supporting individual learners on an ongoing, day-to-day basis 

• identifying, capturing and reflecting on individual learner progress over time 

• understanding group progress in order to reflect on practice. 

Parents will be invited to attend an assessment and progression meeting in the Autumn term  where we will endeavour to explain our new reporting system.

Learning Journeys

Each Area of Learning and Experience’s subject learning journeys can be found by clicking on the button underneath each image below. Please note that these are subject to change as learning journeys unfold over the year.