The mission statement of our school states that ‘with Christ at the heart of our community, we believe in the worth and dignity of each individual. Our aim is to nurture their gifts and talents by providing a caring, challenging and stimulating environment in which effective teaching and learning takes place’.
We give all of our students every opportunity to achieve the highest possible standards and as such we offer a broad and balanced curriculum which aims to promote the schools Christian values through the word of God and develop the whole child, both academically and preparing them for the next stage in their education. The curriculum offer to our pupils is both broad and balanced and provides a range of courses appropriate to individual needs of learners including extracurricular provision so that all pupils develop as a whole person ready and able to make a positive contribution to society.
The curriculum offer to pupils therefore ensures that they acquire knowledge, understanding and skills in all aspects of their education including linguistic, mathematical, technical, human and social physical and artistic learning. The curriculum contributes well to pupil’s behavior and welfare; including their physical, mental and personal wellbeing, safety, spiritual, moral and social and cultural development.
As a school we pride ourselves in inculcating British values such as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of people of other faiths and beliefs through our PHSE element of the curriculum which is embedded in all curriculum areas; referenced in the schemes of learning for each subject. In addition we provide a successful internal extracurricular community cohesion programme that fosters tolerance, multi-cultural understanding and acceptance.
KS3 Curriculum 2017-18
The school curriculum for KS3, which includes the compulsory national curriculum subjects, are:
- modern foreign languages
- design and technology
- art and design
- physical education
Pupils are taught in sets according to their ability in the subject and the school policy provides opportunities for pupils to be moved between sets depending on achievement (more information on this is available in the school setting and banding policy – see website) Year groups 7, 8 and 9 are split into M band – 4 sets and C band 2 or 3 sets depending on the subject.
Setting arrangements at both KS3 and KS4 (core subjects only at KS4)
The following tables illustrate the number of lessons available for each subject, the school timetable is organised over a two week cycle with 50 x 1 hour lessons.
*Additional Literacy and Numeracy will be provided for pupils who are operating below Level 4 in Reading and maths at KS2 and takes place instead of French / Spanish and French in years 7, 8 and 9 respectively. This is revised with regular assessments and if progress is made pupils will be placed in mainstream lessons.
There are formal termly assessments of pupil’s performance in each subject to measure progress. (Please see the school assessment, reporting and recording and setting / banding policy for more details).
Key stage 4 2017-18
During key stage 4 pupils work towards national qualifications – usually GCSEs and newly introduced this year include Technical awards which are equivalent to GCSEs- following a core a core curriculum of maths, English, English literature, science, RE and PE.
Pupils select three option subjects from a wide range of GCSE subjects, they are required to select at least one subject from History, Geography, French or Computer science and then two others from the list below. The overall aim of ‘Achievement for All’ is reflected in the choices provided. Currently we do not have fixed option blocks, instead we build our option blocks around the choices that pupils’ make although this is reviewed annually along with the subjects on offer.
The subjects that are offered include art, computer science, design technology (resistant materials), food and nutrition, health and social care, IT, French, geography, history, performing arts, P.E and Textiles. Option subjects are allocated 6 lessons out of a 50 period two week cycle. All are either GCSEs or their equivalent as a technical award – the grids below denote which subjects are the latter.
Pupils are taught in sets in maths, English, science and RE similarly to that in KS3 – M and C band, where movement is determined by achievement (see policy for setting and banding on the website). In the option subjects pupils are predominantly taught in mixed ability groups, but are settled here possible.
Year 10 Curriculum Offer / 2017-18
The following shows the curriculum time allocated at KS4 to the various subjects
The following shows the subjects available for selection from the three option boxes.
Year 11 Curriculum Offer 2017-18
For some less-able pupils it can be of more benefit to strive for good grades (and hence score more points) in fewer subjects, with the emphasis on doing well in English and mathematics, than to take more subjects but achieve lower grades overall, hence they take ‘study support’ as an option to get additional time for English and maths.
Sex relationships education is provided at key stage 3 and key stage 4 and is in line with the Catholic Schools Directory of England and Wales but parents can ask for their children to be taken out of the whole lesson or part of it. An annual Year 9 Health day is delivered by the local Health Care Trust and covers areas such as: contraception and GUM services (Young People Service) STIs (school nurse) Positive relationships, sex and the law, the needs of babies and parenting when too young (health visitors) Every action has consequences (college nurse). There is also liaison with Parents and External Agencies
Extra Curricular / enhancements
In addition to the academic curriculum there are a number of enhancements that enrich the curriculum to develop pupil’s skills and interests in a vast array of areas
For example after school and lunchtime sporting activities include football, netball and rounder’s teams, handball, athletics, cricket club, gymnastics, archery, dance club, fitness clubs, and sports leadership, to mention a few.
In addition there are Textiles, chess, science, music clubs, gift team, school productions and Duke of Edinburgh for year 9 and 10 pupils), this is not a definitive list.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum booklet 2018-2020
All Year 11 students have log-in details to GCSE Pod to access lots of revision resources.