Our Super Curriculum

The notion of a super curriculum is to foster a love of learning and generate aspirations that go beyond the classroom.

As well as increasing pupils' confidence, thoughtfulness and resilience, we encourage all our pupils to engage in the super curriculum to better equip themselves for life beyond school by deepening their knowledge and developing their love for learning. Included in this booklet are a collection of subject pages, which have been designed by the Academic Departments at The Broxbourne School.

These include a variety of prompts and ideas to enable you to explore your favourite subjects beyond the confines of the taught syllabus. These pages are by no means exhaustive lists but should offer you a source of inspiration to explore your favourite subjects. These activities  vary in their degree of stretch and challenge and take many forms including wider reading, watching online materials, downloading podcasts, attending University lectures/masterclasses, engaging with Higher Education super-curricular initiatives or visiting museums/places of academic interest. 

As well as our own extensive extra curricular clubs and activities, to stretch your interests and imaginations we would encourage you to join a regional or national club or society related to your academic interests, or enter competitions such as The Broxbourne Challenge, essay prizes or Maths Olympiads.

Go beyond

Academic Interest 

The Broxbourne Super Curriculum

Getting Started

Activities predominantly aimed at KS3 pupils.

Challenging but not designed to take you too far out of your comfort zone.

Going Further

Activities predominantly aimed at KS4 pupils.

High challenge designed to stretch you and take you out of your comfort zone.

Open Your Mind        

Activities predominantly aimed at KS5 pupils and beyond designed to deepen knowledge and provide experiences akin to University and beyond.


Business Studies and Economics

Computer Science


Design Technology










Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

Additional Areas of Interest ​Medicine

The Broxbourne Challenge

Character development is an integral part of the whole school experience and at The Broxbourne School we want to enable all pupils to flourish and prosper in and out of the classroom.

Character education teaches the acquisition and strengthening of virtues: the traits that sustain a well-rounded life and a thriving society. We aim to develop confident and compassionate students, who are effective contributors to society, successful learners, and responsible citizens.

To support this aim, we have compiled The Broxbourne Challenge.

Simply put this is a voluntary challenge spanning three weeks in March, encompassing 3 national events and celebrations (World Book day, Science week and Pi Day). In addition there is a Kindness Challenge.

The hope is that pupils engage simply for the love of learning and in doing so hopefully they put themselves to the test to complete the various tasks.

Tubular Tally Challenge (This has been set by NASA)

The Perseverance Mars rover is designed to collect rock samples that will eventually be brought to Earth for further study. This would be the first time we've ever brought back samples from Mars! After scientists identify an interesting rock they would like the rover to collect, Perseverance uses a special coring bit to drill out a rock cylinder 13 mm in diameter. As the rover drills, the rock core moves into one of 38 available tubes that will store the rock sample – sealed until it is opened one day in a lab on Earth.

If the coring bit collects a rock cylinder 60 mm in length, what is the volume of the rock in the sample tube?

Non Googleable Questions

A non-googleable question is one that cannot be easily answered through a single click in an internet search engine. This creates intellectual challenge and requires interpretation and enquiry.

Is it possible to make yourself non-googleable? How would you modify your current project to improve it?

What do you think the Allies could have done with Germany at the end of World War 1?

What might the earth look like without landforms?

How long can you hold your breath? Can you improve this?

How has digital image retouching and manipulation influenced the way you perceive your own self-image? What does your view look like now if you were a fly – draw it.

Why do horror movies make us scared?

How high is a pile of a million £5 notes? How big a suitcase would I need to carry it?

Is there a need for genetically modified organisms in the world?

What is the ideal, most effectively designed flower?