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The curriculum information is currently being updated.

To find out further information regarding the school curriculum, please email:

Nick Merifield, Senior Vice Principal ( or
Judith Bailey, Assistant Principal (

Outstanding Preparation

At Hummersknott we believe in providing a broad education which equips students with the knowledge, skills, values and attributes which will enable them to be successful in their chosen careers. Central to this are high levels of literacy and numeracy. Our results in English and Mathematics are consistently high.

In an increasingly global economy, we also believe that the language skills we develop will be essential in later life.

The success of the school in preparing students for later life can be seen in the fact that over 90% stay on in Further Education and more students go on to University than in any other school in Darlington.

As a school we also believe that our wide range of extra-curricular activities engender self-confidence and encourage students to adopt positive healthy lifestyles.

Aiming high ..... a challenge for everyone

We believe in giving a wide range of choices with an extensive guidance programme including individual interviews for parents and children to support this.

Our curriculum is flexible and aimed at making sure all have choice and can succeed, we offer four languages.  Some students choose the three separate sciences, others choose to follow one of several vocational options such as Media, Health & Social Care or Business.  

Assessment Beyond Levels

Following the introduction of  the new National Curriculum, the disappearance of the old National Curriculum levels and the arrival of new GCSEs, the Academy has developed a new approach to curriculum structure, assessment and feedback. This approach is based on three pathways, breaking down the skills and knowledge needed for success in each subject.

Please find below a leaflet for parents  and a Powerpoint presentation used to introduce Assessment without Levels. These will hopefully help you to understand the approach more fully. If you have any questions that you would like to ask, please do not hesitate to contact the Academy.

Assessment without levels - Parents Evening.ppt

Parents Leaflet.doc

Key Stage 3

Key stage 3 booklets set out what your child will be studying in each year of Key Stage 3 all these guides are under review and redevelopment during 2019. 

Year 7 Curriculum Evening powerpoint may be viewed here.

Key Stage 4

The information below sets out the subjects studied in years 10 and 11.  It also includes details of the option choices available to students and parents in the final two years.


Information Booklet on Option Subjects


In the autumn of year 10 we hold an Information Evening for parents.  This explains the ways in which parents can support their child as well as giving information about assessment of work in each subject. 

Key stage 4 booklet sets out what your child will be studying in each year of Key Stage 4, this guide may be downloaded here.