Curriculum

Empowering Students Through Every Phase

From Foundation Stage all the way through to the end of Year 13 and graduation, we are there to support our students through every stage of development. TSPS offers schooling across Foundation Stage, Primary and Secondary.

Foundation Stage

The Early Year Foundation Stage recognises that every child deserves the best possible start in life.

Primary

Our Primary phase at The Sheffield Private School consists of Years 1 to 6. Children are eligible to join us in the academic year after they reach age 5.

Secondary

Our students at The Sheffield Private School (TSPS) enter into this stage of their educational journey with ever developing competencies and skills.

Sixth Form

Sixth Form is one of the most important and exciting stages in a student’s life. It comprises the final two years of education where our students continue to develop towards their potential and emerge as the type of Globally Competent Citizens who are ready for whatever the future brings.

The Sheffield Private School Sixth Form enables students through an enriching environment to grow and develop into bright resilient young adults. We provide an extensive range of enrichment and extra-curricular activities as part of our curriculum – the Ultra Curriculum. Sixth Form students are encouraged through focused independent learning to become self-directed in their learning experiences. Our mentors effectively guide students to their desired goal while ensuring that they enjoy and learn throughout their time in the Sixth Form.

We offer a wide range of AS (Advanced Subsidiary) and A (Advanced) level subjects as well as a BTEC level 3 qualifications. AS/A levels are internationally benchmarked qualifications providing excellent preparation for university education. Students who opt for BTEC courses in Year 12 will achieve BTEC National Certificate and in Year 13, BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma.

AS Level subject options- Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Information and Technology, Computer Science, Business Studies, Economics, Psychology, Politics, Media Studies, History, English Literature and Language, Sociology, and Arabic First Language.

A Level subject options- Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Information and Technology, Computer Science, Art and Design, Accounts, Business Studies, Economics, Psychology, Politics, Media Studies, History, Sociology, English Literature and Language.

BTEC Level 3 courses- Applied Science, ICT, Art and Design, Sport, Business Studies, Travel and Tourism.

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High Performance Learning

In line with our Vision to have an ‘aspirational curriculum’, over the next two years, we will be introducing High Performance Learning, at TSPS. As with all change, we will take this gradually and at a pace our Sheffield community can manage. Please read below for some further guidance on what HPL will mean for TSPS:

High Performance Learning is a research-based, pedagogy-led philosophy developed following many years of research into how successful people think and learn. It sees all students as potential high performers who are not limited by ability. Some may take longer to reach high performance, but most are capable of this over time. High Performance Learning makes the goal of high performance the expectation for all students in the school and uses a unique teaching and learning framework to systematically grow minds and develop the cognitive skills, values, attitudes and attributes needed to reach success.

The framework is flexible to adapt to the strengths and needs of a growing school and allow each school to develop their own unique identity encompassing the High-Performance Learning philosophy. The whole-school community develops a performance mindset and professionally reflective teachers, who become more ambitious for students and themselves. Staff own their individual professional development and students own their own learning, developing their expertise to become great HPL classroom practitioners.

  • HPL helps students learn more efficiently, enabling more of them to succeed in school and in later life.
  • HPL helps teachers reflect on and transform their practise and deliberately build success.
  • HPL helps senior leaders optimise teaching and learning, achieve greater constancy and create a culture that normalises success.
  • HPL helps the entire school create a positive culture where values and attitudes are as important as academics.
  • HPL helps parents know that the school is well placed to achieve the best possible outcomes for their child.
  • HPL helps governors and owners to achieve consistently high educational outcomes regardless of the context.

The shared philosophy and language for teaching and learning across the school smooths transition and enables professional collaboration and a more positive mindset in staff and students.

The HPL approach is described in the books High Performance Learning – How to Become a World Class School (Deborah Eyre, Routledge, 2016, ISBN-13: 978-1138940130) and Great Minds and How to Grow Them (Wendy Berliner and Deborah Eyre, Routledge, 2018, ISBN: 978-1138284609).

For more information about HPL please look at their website www.highperformancelearning.co.uk

Investing In Technology

Committed to Innovation

There are clear benefits of using technology in the classroom and at TSPS we are committed to using innovative teaching methods to serve students better and to teach them about the benefits of innovative thinking. Innovation is part of the National Agenda and to support this and our students’ development, we are committed to developing the next generation of innovators.

We understand the importance of technological skills for students that will empower them to thrive in today’s digital age and compete as the leaders of the future. Digital learning is embedded in our curricular and extra-curricular programmes. We also provide cross-curricular integration of technology to support students in communication, collaboration and critical research.

We offer a range of quality and appropriate software and tools for our students. Students learn to be responsible when applying technology to become skilled digital citizens, under the guidance of experienced and specialist educators. Our students become confident users in a range of contexts and are aware of its benefits and associated risks. We encourage our students develop holistically and become familiar with technology and innovation through the thoughtful adoption of technologies to ensure that all our students are ‘future ready’.

The UAE National Agenda

“Education is a fundamental element for the development of a nation and the best investment in its youth.” UAE VISION 2021

In 2014, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid launched the UAE National Agenda. It includes a set of strategic educational targets that shape the next phase of educational development in the UAE. The targets cover a wide range of areas that will have an impact on the quality of education and as well as students’ achievements across the different phases. The seven year National Agenda leads to the UAE Vision 2021 which also coincides with the UAE’s 50th National Day.

The UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda emphasises the development of a first-rate education system, which will require a complete transformation of the current education system and teaching methods. The National Agenda aims for all schools, universities and students to be equipped with Smart systems and devices as a basis for all teaching methods, projects and research. There will also be significant investments to promote and reinforce enrolment in preschools as this plays an important role in shaping children’s personalities and their future.

Careers and Guidance Counselling

Our students are supported on a one to one basis to help them explore the best options for university in line with their career ambitions.

As students often lose sight of the larger goal, they are constantly supported from Year 9 onwards and more intensively from Year 11 onwards through interviews, surveys and class discussions with our Careers Counsellor.

University fairs, workshops on subjects and careers, university tours, competitions and challenges and internships (work experience) are introduced into their school routines. We also provide various psychometric tests that can help students understand their interests, aptitude and personality type better.

We build the profile of our students by tracking their level of engagement in our various enrichment activities. We aim to help students build quality profiles that are attractive to leading universities around the world. As part of the Britus Education Group, our Careers Counsellor is building a strong network of university partners who can assist our students in developing within school and even provide special scholarships to them.

House System

The House System at The Sheffield Private School is an integral part of school life, where four different Houses run through the school from FS all the way to the Sixth Form. The TSPS House names are Falcons, Leatherbacks, Leopards and Scorpions.

The primary focus of the House system is to provide TSPS students with an inclusive annual competition that brings a sense of community to the school, whilst providing students with healthy competition across all areas of the curriculum. Students can achieve TSPS House Points in four different areas; behaviour, effort, curriculum completions and whole school competitions such as our annual Sports Day and Colours Day.

Each year TSPS holds a democratic vote for students from Year 6 and Year 11 to become the new House Captains. The House Captains then join the elected Head Boys and Head Girls to make up the Student Leadership Team. The TSPS Student Leadership Team have been responsible for planning and leading events such as Family Fun Day, Sports Day, Colours Day, Cancer Research Pink Day Walks, redesigning the TSPS House Logos and the TSPS ‘Go Green’ recycle drive.

At the end of the academic year the overall House Champions are presented with the TSPS House Shield. Let’s see who wins this year, may the best House win!

Success Through Sports

The aim of sport at The Sheffield Private School is to provide as many opportunities as possible for all children of all abilities. The programme offered in physical education, swimming and games is firmly based on participation. The department organises an extensive range of competitions which take place throughout the year.

The Sport programmes are delivered by professional staff who are specialists in their own game. They assess every student’s skills, develop and record skill enhancement and prepare students for local and international competitions.

Sport is central to the life of the school.  Sport should be enjoyed by and is valuable to all. Self-confidence and teamwork are qualities that transfer to other areas of school life and all our students have the opportunity to be involved in sport at some level.

Athletic development is key from the earliest age, with sport-specific skills being introduced through the school at the appropriate ages. The wonderful facilities, expert coaches and experienced teachers are utilised to the full in preparing for the main team games. Many students will represent the school in fixtures with other schools as well as competing very successfully in National and International events.