Lower School Curriculum

Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School and Sixth Form College seeks to be one of the country's finest secondary schools and post 16 providers, providing an outstanding education which prepares our learners for a changing world.

HCCS Curriculum Guiding Principles

Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School and Sixth Form College is committed to providing a rigorous academic and intellectual education, which will challenge and engage students, offer continuity and progression of learning to foster a lifelong love of learning for its own sake, and provide them with a secure foundation on which to continue into Higher or Further Education, apprenticeships and/or the careers of their choice.


Key principles: The curriculum at HCCS:

  • Is about developing the whole individual

  • Ensures equality of opportunity in learning

  • Provides personalised pathways and ways of learning

  • Inspires drive, passion and commitment

  • Promotes high standards, success and achievement

  • Embodies responsibilities, entitlements, safety and wellbeing

  • Develops respect, tolerance and courtesy

  • Reflects learners’ places in their communities


At the core of the HCCS ethos is a genuine ambition for the students in our care to be the best that they can be. We are keen to celebrate the achievements of our students whenever and wherever they occur and encourage them to share their extra-curricular achievements with us. HCCS also places considerable emphasis upon examination success (most students will obtain 8 or 9 GCSEs. The majority of students choose to enter Holmes Chapel Sixth Form.