Prospectus and Curriculum

Taking full advantage of every learning opportunity

Our unique curriculum

Thomas Estley Community College is dedicated to providing an enriching, excellent quality comprehensive community education service for all learners and the wider community.


We ensure that learning is engaging and effective through establishing consistently high quality teaching and learning, and aim to develop our students into positive citizens through our enriched curriculum. Thomas Estley will ensure that every student fulfils their potential, enjoys their learning experience and develops a positive set of values, personal learning and thinking skills to set them up for a successful future.


Thomas Estley has an excellent reputation, locally and nationally, for its innovative and high quality curriculum,  chosen by the national curriculum authority as a case study and a source of excellent practice for other schools. We at Thomas Estley are extremely proud of our innovative curriculum, delivering skills for life and work through a range of subject specialisms and cross-curricular modules. We work closely with feeder primary schools and local secondary schools to ensure smooth transition from primary to secondary through to sixth form for our students, with collaborative planning and provision particularly focused in Years 6-7 and throughout Key Stage Four.


Extra Curricular Activities


All students have access to extra-curricular activities including foreign and British residentials, ski and sports trips, visits to enhance the curriculum, fieldwork, sports fixtures, clubs in every curriculum area, music and drama clubs and performances, links abroad and other special interest clubs and activities. These take place after school and during school lunchtimes.


Targeted provision


Students who would benefit from extra support generally or in particular curriculum areas can access ASDAN modules, lifeskills provision, long or short term projects, study and learning support within the curriculum and through targeted visits and clubs.


Students who would benefit from extension and stretching generally or in particular curriculum areas can access more able provision within and outside of lessons, including visits, challenges, competitions, clubs, chances to lead and to teach, and to showcase their talent.


In order to support high attainment and progress in GCSEs, we have a daily targeted Year 11 session (T7) which runs from 3.10pm – 4.10pm.  Students are invited to attend these progress workshops if they are in need of additional support in curriculum areas or need additional time to complete practical elements of their GCSE course.  Parents and students can also request to attend these additional sessions.  Parents are notified of these sessions via ParentMail and students are informed the week prior in tutor time.

Student timetables

Years 7-9


In years 7-9, students attend a wide range of subjects to experience a broad and balanced diet of knowledge and skills:

 - English

 - Maths

 - Science

 - History

 - Geography

 - French

 - Spanish

 - Computing and IT

 - Art

 - Resistant materials

 - Textiles

 - Food technology

 - PE

 - Music

 - Drama

 - Citizenship and Religious Education

 - Personal, Social and Health Education

 - Careers and guidance


As well as the above, in year 9, students opt into a Specialisms which takes place every Tuesday afternoon. Specialisms develop students' growth skills and leadership, in a context of their choosing.


Year 10-11


GCSE learning starts in year 7 in all core subjects, beginning with building student knowledge and understanding, and working towards developing exam response techniques and study skills that will enable students to succeed in their GCSEs. 


In addition to the core subjects, students opt into a further 4 subjects:

 - a language (French or Spanish)

 - a humanity (geography or history)

 - two further free-choice options


With over 20 optional subjects to choose from, and supported with class-leading careers advice, we equip your child with every chance to succeed.

Community of Courage and Commitment to Success

College Ethos, Vision and Values

Governors, staff, parents and students were involved in agreeing a set of core values which define the college’s ethos. 


We define ourselves as a "Community of Courage and Commitment to Success". The 'values' statements below describe the college’s professional behaviours and expectations:


  • Aiming to achieve our best.
  • Taking full advantage of every learning opportunity.
  • Showing resilience through our experiences and challenges.
  • Seeking out our talents and following our dreams.
  • Reaching out for opportunities to lead and encourage others.
  • Making a positive difference and celebrating success.
  • Including the whole community, sharing, caring and giving time as needed.
  • Treating each other with kindness, fairness and respect.
  • Finding space in our lives for fun, joy, praise and laughter.


British Values


Our Ethos and Values align with the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and belief.


We promote ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which permeates through the school’s curriculum and supports the development of the ‘whole child’.


We recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all the staff and provide a model of behaviour for our students.