Curriculum

At St. Mary’s were are very proud to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, designed to engage, challenge and inspire our students. We strive to offer a personalised learning experience in which we are able to discover and develop the talents and abilities of each and every student in our care. A broad range of progression routes is in place to ensure that all students are provided with the opportunity grow, develop and realise their potential. The taught curriculum is enhanced by a diverse range of extra-curricular provision which plays a significant role in promoting students’ personal development.

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Statement

St. Mary’s offers a broad and balanced Key Stage 3 programme, providing pupils with the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects and explore a rich, varied curriculum. Key Stage 3 lessons are designed to engage our pupils and create a life-long thirst for learning. The ethos in our classrooms is one in which pupils are encouraged to be inquisitive, resilient and proud of their talents and successes.

The curriculum is carefully planned to ensure a smooth transition between Years 6 and 7. As pupils move into Years 8 and 9 we build on the foundations laid in Year 7, enabling pupils to broaden and deepen their knowledge and understanding.

Pupils follow the National Curriculum and enjoy a wide range of subjects, including the core subjects of RE, English, Maths and Science, in addition to History, Geography, a modern foreign language (French, German or Spanish), ICT, PE, Music, Art, Drama and Design Technology. In Year 8 pupils are also given the opportunity to study Latin as an extra subject.

Our curriculum is enhanced with a wide range of enrichment opportunities, providing pupils with a further chance to extend their learning.

Our learning support department works in close partnership with our pupils, ensuring that every child receives the necessary support to guide them through their learning.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Statement

Pupils in Year 9 continue to study the broad and balanced curriculum which Key Stage 3 offers. They also have the exciting opportunity to start to plan for Year 10, and the personalised GCSE programs on offer.

During Years 10 and 11 all pupils continue to study the Core Curriculum, which is made up of English Language, English Literature, Maths, Science, Core RE and Physical Education. In addition to these subjects, pupils will study three chosen option subjects.

The process of selection begins with an Information Evening for all parents where the options process is explained and details of each of the option subjects is given. There are a wide range of option subjects open to pupils, including Art, Drama, Design and Technology, Modern Foreign Languages, ICT, Food Technology, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education and Health and Social Care.

Our Year 9 Parents Evening follows the Information Evening, giving parents the opportunity to ask questions, get a detailed update of their child’s progress, and talk in more detail about each of the GCSE Option subjects.

Each student’s pathway is carefully considered and personalised in order to ensure that all pupils are able to achieve their very best.

Pupils follow their chosen GCSE pathways throughout Years 10 and 11.

Key Stage 5

St Mary’s and the 16-19 Study Programme

 

All 16 to 19 students who study level 3 qualifications are given the opportunity to take a study programme which reflects their prior attainment, education and career goals.

 

Study programmes include substantial academic qualifications; non-qualification activities including meaningful weekly work experience or physical education and Core Religious Studies for students not undertaking a qualification in Religious Studies; and the study of English and Maths where students do not hold a GCSE graded 4 or above in these subjects. Students with a level 4 pass in English or Maths are given the opportunity to re-sit to gain a level 5 pass. Students are given the opportunity to undertake the Extended Project Qualification towards the end of Year 12 with completion by Christmas of Year 13.

 

Study programmes are focussed on progression to the next level of education, a traineeship or apprenticeship or other employment. All students follow a programme of careers lessons in Year 12 and Year 13.

Funding is on a per student, not per qualification basis.

The A level subjects we offer for September 2018 entry are: Art & Design, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Design & Technology: Product Design, Drama & Theatre Studies, Economics, English Language, English Literature, Geography, History, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages (French, German and Spanish), Music, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics) and Sociology. We also offer BTEC Level 3 in Information Technology.

Further details can be found in the prospectus under the sixth form area of the website.

Most students take 3 A levels or equivalent which accounts for 24 out of 45 periods (those taking 4 A levels have 32 out of 45 teaching periods). 1 period of assembly is compulsory for all students in the sixth form as well as daily tutor time.

Progression to university is extremely strong and a specialist UCAS co-ordinator oversees references and the application process. This same member of staff oversees alternative provision for those interested in Apprenticeships or Traineeships alongside the member of staff responsible for Careers and the schools Careers Advisor.