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’.
With this as our core principle we give all of our pupils every opportunity to achieve the highest possible standards in all that they do 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 to provide them with the skills that prepare them for the next stage in their education. The school, both though its invisible and visible curriculum aims to develop in pupils’ key attributes such as self-belief, ambition, persistence, resilience and a can-do attitude towards the challenges that they experience at school. British and moral values, rooted in the Catholic faith, are equally promoted and encourage a sense of empathy, acceptance and tolerance of others. Such principles aim to serve pupils in a way that will give them the best chances for success in the next stage of their education and then beyond, promoting their development as a whole person ready and able to make a positive contribution to society.
The curriculum offer to our pupils is both broad and balanced and provides a range of courses appropriate to individual needs of learners, as does the extracurricular provision, it 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 aims to bring about enjoyment of learning and promote a sense of achievement. It also contributes to pupils’ behaviour and welfare; including their physical, mental and personal wellbeing, safety, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
KS3 Curriculum 2019-20
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 2019-20
During key stage 4 pupils work towards national qualifications – in the main these are GCSE qualifications, however greater breadth to the curriculum has been provided with the new Technical awards which are equivalent to GCSEs. All pupils follow a core curriculum of maths, English language, English literature, science, RE and PE.
In addition pupils select three option subjects from a wide range of GCSE subjects, they are required to choose at least one subject from history, geography, French or computer science and then two others from the list below. This ensures that as many pupils as possible meet the criteria for the P8 performance measure. 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. We are also encouraging as many pupils as possible, where appropriate to achieve the EBacc qualification.
The subjects that are currently offered for pupils in KS4 include art, computer science, design technology (resistant materials, textiles, food and nutrition) health and social care, imedia, French, Spanish, geography, history, performing arts, P.E. Option subjects are allocated 6 lessons out of a 50 period two week cycle.
Pupils are taught in sets in maths, English, science and RE: M and C band. 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 where possible.
A very small number of SEND pupils follow an alternative KS4 curriculum that includes L1 qualifications as appropriate, taught by the HLTA assigned to SEND.
Year 10 Curriculum Offer / 2019-20
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, all are GCSEs unless otherwise stated.
Year 11 Curriculum Offer 2019-20
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 badminton teams, handball, athletics, cricket club, gymnastics, archery, dance club, fitness clubs, and sports leadership, to mention a few.
In addition, there are 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 2019-2021
All Year 11 students have log-in details to GCSE Pod to access lots of revision resources.