Creativity, Activity, Service, Enrichment

Intent & Purpose


We want to inspire our students to question the world around them. We want them to build a set of constructive and positive values, taking into account British/universal values. Moving beyond the limits of the exam syllabus, CASE gives students and teachers to form a learning community based on dialogue.  


CASE incorporates a broad range of topics relevant to our students’ development. Teachers choose and develop new topics each year that are delivered through a carousel system.  

Enquiring and caring global citizens 

Our CASE units are centred around student inquiry and tackle national and international issues. The Year 11 Programme has a major focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).  

Excellence in education 

CASE contributes to the holistic education students receive and encourages reflection on the rest of the taught curriculum and make real world connections. They are also enriched by engaging with material and delivering presentations which are deliberately challenging. The emphasis is on developing cultural capital by extending knowledge and understanding in and about different knowledge systems. 


Implementation & Learning

Lifelong Learning 

For our students and teachers CASE is an explorative space where opportunities are developed for individual passion projects. CASE builds a continuum into our KS5 curriculum and other KS5 courses whereby students have the skills and confidence to respond to previously unconsidered issues and material.  

Concept-Based Student-led Inquiry 

Our students all have some level of understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs form the conceptual framework for the courses. 

Approaches to Learning   

Our CASE curriculum is oracy based which means students work and learn individually and in groups; outcomes are shaped for specific audiences and students are required to self-manage when faced with challenges.   

Approaches to Teaching  

Course development is a dynamic process whereby teachers respond to individual cohorts and create opportunities for collaboration.  

Interdisciplinary Connection 

The CASE classroom replicates the International Baccalaureate where conceptual thinking and inquiry based learning enables students to make relevant connections between subject areas. 


Note-taking and note-making are required in the research process which also involves students engaging with a range of texts.   


Depending on the topic students might be required to collect, collate and interpret numerical data.


International Mindedness and British Values

CASE aims to give students an international outlook by considering knowledge in different contexts. Diverse views are encouraged on the condition that they align with the British values of democracy, tolerance, and the rule of law. 

KS4 - Programme of Study

Students in Year 10 follow a carousel programme of activities, moving around six teachers during the course. The units taught varies depending on which teachers are involved in the CASE programme that year. For 2021-22 the units offered are: 

Unit name and teacher 

UN Sustainable Development Goal 

Brief description of the unit 

Debating current affairs  


Mr. Jackson 

All - individual student choice. 

Students use the newspapers and periodicals in the library to choose a current issue to research and debate. The unit encourages students to explore diverse perspectives on their chosen issue and helps develop oracy skills. 

Ethics of technology 


Mr. Gillhespey 

Mr. Catchpole 

9: Industry, innovation, and industry. 

Students research and discuss the ethical implications of recent developments in computing and technology. 

Stress management 


Ms. Maynard 

3: Good health and well-being 

Students reflect on the causes of stress present in their lives, and practice and reflect on practical techniques to manage this.  

Using scientific discovery and progress to support the development of sustainable goals   


Mrs. Essien 

All - individual student choice (or working in pairs). 

Students research and present their chosen topic linked to UNSDG, on how scientific advancement has supported any progress and development. 

Arts into action 


Ms. Day 

All- student choice (framed through responsible consumption). 

Students reflect on their consumption of arts products (film/theatre/TV) and then plan a concept for a new arts project. They learn about key production roles in the Arts industry and then devise a plan which can be linked to raising awareness of one of the sustainable goals. 

Music and society 


Mrs. Morrison

In the first term of Year 11, students work in groups to research a contemporary issue that relates to one of the UN S

Links to TOK

CASE lessons frequently provide an opportunity for students to discuss issues with their peers and teacher, exploring different perspectives in the process. The skills acquired lay the foundation for the critical thinking and social confidence required for high-level discussion that takes place in Theory of Knowledge lessons.

CAS/Extra Curricular activities

The entirety of the CASE programme supports students in the individual choices they will have to make when pursuing their CAS portfolios in the Sixth Form.