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Qualification reform for parents

How the changes affect each current year group

New GCSE grading structure

Key Stage 3

On entry to the school pupils are placed in one of six mixed ability registration groups each of which has its own House identity.  The pupils are also organised into seven teaching groups of broad bands by ability and then set in ability groups for Mathematics.  At the end of Year 7 or Year 8 the pupils will ideally, be also set for English lessons.  In Years 7, 8 and 9 children follow a broad common course which gives a wide range of experience via contact with all conventional school subjects.

Key Stage 4

In Years 10 and 11 each pupil’s programme is made up of compulsory subjects and optional subjects leading to the GCSE examination.  The core subjects are Religious Education, English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science & Physical Education.  In addition the pupils choose three ‘option’ subjects.  Careful guidance is given with regard to choosing optional subjects.  Children are strongly encouraged to follow a broad curriculum and to choose a balanced programme which should include a humanities subject.

Key Stage 4 Options which are available for 2017/2018.  All are examined as GCSE subjects.
Construction (BTEC)
Food Technology
Graphic Products
Health and Social Care
Information and Communication Technology
Physical Education
Resistant Materials
Textiles Technology

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Key Stage 5

Years 12 and 13 students follow a course in Religious Education and take part in Physical Education or Community Service.  General Studies is also available to all.  The vast majority also take part in a Modern Foreign Language course.  The school offers excellent provision of AS and A2 level courses in a wide range of subjects.

Theology English Language English Literature Mathematics Further Mathematics
History Geography ICT Music Art
French German Spanish Design & Technology Textiles Technology
Physics Biology Chemistry Psychology Physical Education
Theatre Studies Business Studies

Approved Qualification

The school prepares pupils for GCSE, AS and A2 public examinations approved by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA).

Educational Visits

Residential or day visits which support the curriculum or spiritual well being of students are considered to be of great value and are encouraged where possible

St Mary's Catholic High School, Newbold Road, Newbold, Chesterfield, S41 8AG

St Marys Catholic High School Academy Trust is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with Company Number 8107212 and has a registered office at Newbold Road, Upper Newbold, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 8AG.

St Mary's Catholic High School