The curriculum is ambitious for all pupils. Pupils study a broad and balanced range of subjects and build on their knowledge and skills across the curriculum."

"From Reception onwards, the school has precisely considered what key content pupils must learn and when in most subjects.

"Staff have expert knowledge of what, and how, to teach.

Ofsted 2024

APPS Curriculum Statement

Our vision of ‘Inspiring a love for life-long learning’ is at the heart of everything that we do at Ashford Park as we are dedicated to preparing all of our pupils to be successful and active citizens of the ever-changing world around them.

We are extremely proud of the Ashford Park curriculum, which is aspirational and challenging for all pupils. It has been carefully planned for our children, in their community, with their futures in mind.

We provide a broad and balanced education to best prepare our children to be successful future citizens - academically, socially and economically. Through a variety of rich learning experiences our children are encouraged to become independent thinkers who challenge stereotypes and celebrate diversity.

Our carefully sequenced curriculum has been designed so that children are given frequent opportunities to make links to prior learning, therefore embedding knowledge in their long-term memories. Ashford Park children love learning and, as a result, develop a broad repertoire of skills which are transferable to different experiences. This equips them well for future learning.

All aspects of our curriculum are accessible to all children, irrespective of their ethnic background, gender, disability, religious or linguistic background.  We strive hard to meet the needs of those pupils with special educational needs, those with disabilities, those who are academically high-attaining, those with special talents and the children who are learning English as an additional language.  We provide a rich, challenging curriculum, which stretches all of our children.


The images below show colleagues at work during one of a series of collaborative curriculum design sessions.



Inclusion Team: SEND, PP, LAC, PLAC and EAL  



Beth Durkin

Speech and Language Champion

Louise Hudson

Pastoral and Wellbeing Champion

Rachel McKenna

SEND Admin Assistant Karen Wood  

Core subject leads


English Lead

Mel Wootton


English Team: phonics and early reading

Siobhan Cordery


English Team: SEND phonics programme

Reshielle Beunafe


English Team: spoken English and drama

Lydia Kemish


Maths Lead

Lisa Hannick


Maths Team: NCETM and Times Tables

Sharon Stride-Noble


Science Lead

Karen Heath


Foundation Subject Leads


Art and Design Lead

Dominika Zahorska


Computing Lead

E-Safety Lead

Karen Smith

Reka Mahendrakumar


Design and Technology Lead

Beth Dawson


Geography Lead

Hannah Swinburn 


History Lead

Sue Taylor

Outdoor Learning Lead Stacy Hawkins  

MFL / Spanish Lead

Claire Draper


Music Lead

Shazia Kaptan


PE Lead

PE Team

Lucy Allen

Coach Michael


PSHE, SMSC and RHE Leads

Ceri Roberts

Tracy Smith


RE Lead

Sam Hall


The 2014 national curriculum framework states that 'the national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said.' (Department for Education, 2014).

Amanda Spielman (HMCI), when writing about the curriculum in 2018, stated that 'the vast, accumulated wealth of human knowledge, and what we choose to pass on to the next generation through teaching in our schools (the curriculum), must be at the heart of education'. 

Please find the link to the National Curriculum (National Curriculum - Updated 16 July 2014)