Curriculum Overview


Stratford High School offers a dynamic and engaging modular curriculum in Years 9 and 10, which has been designed with our learners at the heart of our programmes and is based on the New Zealand Curriculum. The purpose of our future-focused junior curriculum is to develop our students’ love of learning by exposing them to new opportunities and finding their interests and passions before they begin to specialise in Year 11 for NCEA.


Each module is underpinned by key skills and knowledge which are essential to prepare students so that they are ready to excel in the world, as well as laying the foundations for NCEA. We want our students to become lifelong learners who are ready to find their place in the community, society and the world in the 21st century. 


Students experience a broad and balanced curriculum and select modules from each Learning Area across Year 9 and 10

Students will be guided to take courses from each learning area, as this is one way that we have identified to ensure students are fully prepared for NCEA. We also offer Learning Support courses for students who require extra scaffolding in their learning to succeed.  We offer a wide range of subjects at NCEA.


The Stratford High School curriculum is designed to engage students and reflect our school’s character and will:

  • Ensure our students acquire and develop the knowledge, skills and values expected of a well-educated person.
  • Encourage the development of key competencies.
  • Foster positive attitudes and values; especially showing care, respect, responsibility, perseverance and service.
  • Focus on individual students and their needs.
  • Provide equitably for all students, regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or religion.
  • Enable students to achieve success in national qualifications.
  • Prepare students for either tertiary education, or entry to the workforce