Curriculum Information

Curriculum Aims

Colchester Royal Grammar School is committed to providing a quality education, and aims at excellence in all that it does. Our principal raison d'etre is the academic achievement of our students. The aims of the CRGS curriculum are to provide a challenging yet supportive education, broadly following the National Curriculum, based within a framework of teaching and learning in which each child can perform to his or her utmost.
All students are encouraged to become confident learners, who are increasingly able to take responsibility for their own learning as they progress through the school.  We aim to prepare pupils for university entrance, employment and the challenges of the wider world, fulfilling their role as responsible citizens.
The curriculum is designed to be broad and balanced, and to allow students to:
  • Enjoy and achieve- develop the capacity to enjoy learning and succeed in it
  • Stay safe- learn how to stay safe and manage risk
  • Be healthy- understand how to maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Make a positive contribution- form relationships and participate in society
  • Achieve economic wellbeing -acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding relevant to adult and working  life- including Independent Advice and Guidance on future careers
These principles are embedded into departmental Schemes of Work, as are the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL), a comprehensive approach to learning, promoting the social and emotional skills that underpin effective learning, positive behaviour, regular attendance, and the emotional health and well-being of students.

The Colchester Royal Grammar School Curriculum:

  • Is rich and varied; challenges, inspires and motivates
  • Addresses personalised learning needs through differentiated programmes of study in each subject, adopting a variety of learning approaches
  • Caters for the Gifted and Talented
  • Fosters an environment in which students may fulfil their potential, regardless of background, gender, race, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or religious or political beliefs
  • Equips students with the skills needed for work and life after school
  • Shadows the National Curriculum, providing a broad and balanced education
  • Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of students (this includes Religious Education, collective worship, and sex and relationship education (SRE) except where parents choose to withdraw pupils)
  • Provides Independent Careers Advice and Guidance from Year 8 onwards
  • Encourages cross-curricular co-operation, including citizenship, work-related learning, enterprise
  • Promotes cohesion, community participation, critical thinking, healthy lifestyles, cultural identity, global awareness, sustainable development
  • Enables students to develop as learners through self-assessment and evaluation
  • Identifies those with SEND or in receipt of the Pupil Premium, and provides appropriate support


More Information

For more information on the curriculum please contact the Curriculum Manager, Mr. A. Livingston.

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