While a traditional, broad academic curriculum lies at the heart of Removes (Year 9) at Haileybury, we also want our pupils to develop an understanding of current issues to help prepare them for the future. Haileybury Horizonshas been specifically developed for pupils in this year group, aimed at inspiring them to become more aware of – and better participants in – the world around them.
Haileybury Horizons is an innovative development for pupils in Removes (Year 9). Introduced in 2011, it is designed to give pupils a fully-rounded knowledge of the world around them and a grounding in the skills necessary to help them meet the challenges of the wider world.
Haileybury Horizons has been specially designed to supplement learning in a critical year in the life of every pupil. It offers a carousel of subjects which currently includes: current affairs; cultural awareness; debating; ethics and leadership.
Through very 'hands on', discursive experiential learning over the year, the course aims to inspire our pupils to become more aware of the world around them and thus become successful, responsible, internationally-minded citizens.
It is also designed to blend closely with the Haileybury Habits and academic learning to create fully-rounded pupils with a broader and more embracing outlook.
Rather than being didactic in approach, Haileybury Horizons engages pupils with interactive study. For example, in the Debating course, pupils are taught to speak in public with confidence, as well as to articulate a well-reasoned argument while analysing why the other person is 'wrong'.
The whole Haileybury Horizons course is holistic and designed to enrich the entire curriculum.
Thus, for example, Current Affairs is partly used as a vehicle for improving pupils' rhetorical skills in Debating or to improve their understanding of historical and political events.
Each of the course topics is taught in rotation over a five-week period; after the fifth rotation, the groups revert to their original teacher to undertake a study skills course. This is in addition to a Haileybury Habits challenge and a Haileybury Horizons challenge where teams compete to produce the best five-week Horizons course, perhaps for future years.
Each course spans a five-week period with each week examining a different element of the subject. The subjects and weekly content are shown below.
Taught by James Deveson, Haileybury's Head of Academic Music:
Taught by Ed Bond, Haileybury's Director of Professional Development:
Taught by Peter Blair, Housemaster of Edmonstone:
Taught by Chris Briggs, Haileybury's Chaplain:
Taught by Ruth Sullivan, Haileybury's Deputy Master: