Our curriculum is designed to provide appropriate challenge to all students and foster an enjoyment of learning. Students also develop their reading, writing, numeracy and communication skills; to be resilient, confident and to persevere, as well as how to work cooperatively with others.

Curriculum Vision

We strive to educate, inspire, and empower young women to be the next generation of leaders. We ensure that students, regardless of their starting points, make outstanding progress and have the enrichment opportunities to succeed in the next stage of their education. Whilst at Whalley Range, through a broad and balanced, ambitious curriculum and wider experiences, students will gain the knowledge, skills and emotional resilience to equip them to succeed and become active citizens of Manchester and the world.



Curriculum Overview

We are extremely proud of the broad and balanced curriculum we offer to all of our students. We are committed to building on the skills our students have previously learned to ensure all students make rapid progress.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

In Year 7 we provide an exciting cross-curricular programme of theme based lessons which develop subject specific skills whilst enabling students to make connections and see the bigger picture.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

In Years 10 and 11, we offer a wide range of courses alongside our core curriculum of English, maths, science, ethics, philosophy and religion and PE.

PSHRE Curriculum Information for Parents/Carers

At Whalley Range 11-18 High School we take a whole school approach to Personal, Social, Health and Relationships Education and development. This reflects the needs of the students and the ethos of the school.

Remote Education Provision

Parental guidance and information for our remote education provision at Whalley Range 11-18 High School.


Citizenship at Whalley Range 11-18 School teaches students the value of playing a full and active part in society. With a keen focus on developing reading skills and communication, students engage with social issues, debating ideas and forming arguments, as well as learning about democracy, gover...


Homework will be set regularly. Sometimes it will be the completion of work set online through school resources such as Frog.

Project Day

During Project Day students study Religious Education including Citizenship, Design Technology (Food Technology, Textile Technology and Product Design), Art , Music and Drama.

Religious Education

Religious Education (RE) is taught thematically. It is largely based on the Manchester Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (MAS) and further includes elements of learning that best suit our unique demographic.

Sex and Relationships Education

The Governors have agreed a Sex and Relationships Education Policy for our school and it is available upon request to the school. This forms part of each student’s curriculum.

Trust Curriculum Statement

We are fully committed to providing a broad, balanced, inspiring and challenging curriculum for all our young people which equips them with high quality, relevant qualifications, skills, qualities and attributes to give them choices, a sense of ambition and able to make a positive contribution as...

Whalley Range Sixth Form: Super Curriculum

At Whalley Range Sixth Form we take a holistic approach to personal development and the wider curriculum. This reflects the needs of our students and the values and mission of our Sixth Form and its community.


Design, Create and Perform

To develop students with an ability to; take risks in their approach to learning, have confidence in developing and creating innovative ideas and outcomes, and to be resilient when facing creative challenges.

Digital Technologies and Business

The Faculty vision is to empower young women to achieve outstanding qualifications so they can become leaders in the digital and business economy.


We are passionate about all our students exploring, experiencing and mastering the rich tapestry of skills and knowledge that studying English has to offer. Through the study of communication skills, literary texts, cultural connections and the constantly changing use of language, we aim to equip...

Global Awareness

Inspiring students to embrace a thirst for knowledge about the world around them – people, places, traditions, values and beliefs. Empowering students to challenge ignorance and adopt positive values that could have a global impact.

Inclusion and SEN

We work with students and their parents/carers to make it possible for every young person to participate fully in their education and to secure strong academic progress and personal outcomes and to enable individual students to learn effectively with greater independence.


We endeavour, through a well-designed curriculum and consistently high quality lessons, to ensure that every student can maximise their potential in Maths, develop their problem solving skills, which will enable them to deal with many real-life situations, and discover a genuine interest in the s...

Physical Education

Through a broad and balanced curriculum of engaging health, wellbeing and sports activities, we aim to develop mentally, physically and emotionally holistic and confident individuals, so they can acquire a wide variety of transferable skills (such as communication, organisation, evaluation, resil...

Science and Discovery

In the Science Faculty we aim to inspire students to discover the wonder of Science through both practical and academic aspects, stimulate debate, develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and ignite students passion to learn in all three disciplines.

Social Sciences and Community Learning

The Social Sciences and Community Learning Faculty offer a wide range of interesting, engaging and exciting courses at Key Stage 4. Students enjoy learning new subjects that they have never studied before and they are very popular with students.

World Languages

To empower young women with the linguistic and communicative skills to help them to take an active role as leaders in our multi-cultural society.

Quality Marks, Awards & Affiliations

We strive for excellence and are very proud of our achievements and affiliations.

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Cyber Essentials Certificate logo Real World Learning Awards Winner 2021 logo Confederation of School Trusts logo Educate Awards Winner 2019 logo SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards 2018 logo SSAT Effective Learning Behaviour logo SSAT Climate for Learning logo Manchester United Foundation logo The Duke of Edinburgh logo The Cultural Diversity Standards logo The Schools Co-operative Society logo School Achievement Award logo Sport England logo Leading Edge Partnership Programme logo The Quality in Careers Standard logo Healthy Schools Manchester logo Basic Skills Quality Mark logo Whalley Range Sixth Form logo Education and Leadership Trust logo