The Sussex Learning Trust aims to play an integral part in providing the highest possible educational opportunities for children and young people in Sussex via a network of Academies committed to partnership working for the benefit of pupils and students

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Our broad, balanced curriculum provides opportunities for every student to follow courses appropriate to their aspirations and ability. The curriculum also develops each student’s personal learning and thinking skills, giving them the opportunity to be creative, independent, and reflective, a self-manager, an effective participant and a team player. We have special provision for highly able students, and those with special educational needs.

Key Stage 3

In the first three years all students currently follow a common curriculum based on the National Curriculum. This includes courses in:

  • English Mathematics
  • Science
  • Art and design
  • Design technology, including food technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information and communications technology (ICT) including computing
  • Modern foreign languages (2 from German, French or Spanish)*
  • Music
  • Physical education
  • Learning about Life including Religious, personal, social and vocational education (including citizenship, careers education and health education)
  • Some students follow literacy and additional sports, technology and music courses instead of a second modern language.

A distinctive feature of our curriculum is that 3 modern foreign languages (French, German and Spanish) are available at Warden Park. 

Students are placed in sets according to ability for mathematics, and English during Year 7.  For most other subjects, learning takes place in mixed groups with tasks being made available for students of different ability as appropriate. 

Religious education and collective worship

We believe that it is important for students to understand the significance of religion and the guidance religious faith offers on many of the issues of today’s world. Our programme of religious, personal and social education incorporates the West Sussex “agreed syllabus” for religious education. This includes the opportunity for students to follow a GCSE course in religious studies.

Academy assemblies include the celebration of religious festivals and the discussion of moral and spiritual issues within a broadly Christian context.  

You have the right to withdraw your child from any element of Religious Education and/or Collective Worship.  Application to do so should be made to the Head of School through admin@wardenpark.co.uk

Partnerships with local schools, colleges and universities

Warden Park has increasingly strong links with leading independent schools in the area including: Ardingly, Brighton College; Burgess Hill School for Girls and Hurst College. We encourage Warden Park students to apply for scholarships to these independent fee-paying schools for their 6th form education should this be appropriate to their needs and aspirations. 

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 the curriculum becomes more flexible and differentiated. The core or entitlement curriculum includes the following subjects most of which lead to a GCSE qualification or the equivalent:

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science GCSE. (Students are able to study for separate GCSEs in biology, chemistry and physics through our “triple science” course. To do this, students must usually be on target to achieve at least a level 6 in science at the end of Year 9.)
  • At least one modern foreign language. Modern languages are assessed through GCSE or through a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)
  • Geography or history
  • Physical education

Students can follow further courses to match their interests, skills and aspirations. These include:

  • Art
  • Business Studies
  • Child Development
  • Citizenship
  • Classical civilisation
  • Computing
  • Construction (Building trades)
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • English literature
  • Food technology
  • Geography
  • History (Medicine through time)
  • History (Modern World)
  • ICT
  • Latin
  • Modern language (a second language GCSE in addition to the course taken in the ‘core’ curriculum)
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Physical education
  • ASDAN – Certificate of Personal Effectiveness
  • Product design
  • Religious education (Philosophy and ethics)
  • Higher Project Qualification


Some of our courses lead to the awarding of National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) or BTEC.