Curriculum

Our Curriculum Aims and Principles

It is our mission, as a Catholic school, to ensure that each and every one of our pupils has the opportunity to fulfil their God-given potential, allowing them to ‘Live, Love and Learn in the Light of Christ’.

We are committed to realising this through the provision of an outstanding education. Our curriculum is at the heart of this experience and aims to:

  • broaden pupils’ horizons and foster aspiration
  • ignite interest and curiosity, instilling a life-long love of learning
  • fully equip pupils with the knowledge, skills and personal qualities needed for the next stages of their lives

 

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 wide range of pathways ensures that all students are provided with the opportunity to grow, develop and realise their potential. Five core curriculum principles underpin our provision, and at all levels the curriculum is designed to be:

Ambitious

Our curriculum reflects the high aspirations we hold for our pupils. It is designed to meet the interests, needs and ambitions of all learners, including those who are disadvantaged and students with special educational needs. It is rigorous in covering the body of knowledge and skills required at each stage, whilst being inclusive, relevant and engaging. High-quality careers guidance supports pupils in forming and realizing their own ambitions as they move through the curriculum.

Balanced            

Pupils experience a broad, fully rounded curriculum in which they are given the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects. The curriculum remains as broad as possible for as long as possible. There are a range of subject routes and pathways, supporting pupils’ interests, needs and aspirations. These include vocational as well as academic pathways.

Coherent

Our knowledge-rich curriculum is carefully sequenced to promote progress. Teaching builds upon prior knowledge, skills and understanding, and there is a clear narrative of what is taught, why it is taught, and how it is taught and assessed. A clear overview of the curriculum enables a joined up approach to common and key skills. Literacy and numeracy are promoted across the curriculum and championed by all subjects

Deeply Embedded

We are ambitious in securing deep, firmly embedded learning. Learning is supported by frequent opportunities to recall, revisit and practise prior knowledge and understanding.

Enriching

Our curriculum aims to expand the horizons of our pupils by providing the opportunity for them to experience the very best of what is thought, written and created. A wide variety of curricular and extracurricular opportunities enrich pupils’ educational experience and support personal development.

Key Stage 3

Our Key Stage 3 Curriculum

All pupils follow a common curriculum in Years 7-9, providing a rich, varied experience that includes full coverage of the National Curriculum.

Subject Provision at Key Stage 3
English (4 periods) Geography (2 periods) Art (1 period)
Maths (4 periods) History (2 periods) Drama (1 period)
Science (3 periods) Design Technology (2 periods) Music (1 (period)
Religious Studies (3 periods) Physical Education (2 periods)
Modern Foreign Language (3 periods) Computing and ICT (1 period)

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 enhanced with a wide range of enrichment opportunities that complement and extend our provision.

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

Our Key Stage 4 Curriculum

At Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11), students follow a programme of traditional academic, vocational and technical qualifications which is carefully tailored to individual needs and aspirations.

All pupils study the following core subjects:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Triple Science or Combined Science
  • Religious Studies
  • History or Geography
  • Core PE

Pupils may then select a further 2 subjects* from the following list:

  • Fine Art
  • Child Development
  • Computer Science (Maths sets 1-4 only)
  • Drama
  • Design & Technology
  • Engineering
  • French
  • German
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Music
  • Information Technology
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish

*Where appropriate, pupils are encouraged to follow a curriculum which contains the subjects of the English Baccalaureate: English, Maths, Science, History or Geography, and a Modern or Ancient Language. In such cases, one of the option subjects will be a Language.

The following table outlines the qualifications that are available along with information on awarding bodies and time allocations:

Subject Provision at Key Stage 4

Core Subjects

Subject Qualification Awarding Body Allocated Time Per Week
English Language GCSE AQA 5 Periods
English Literature GCSE AQA
Mathematics GCSE AQA 5 Periods
Triple Science 3 x GCSEs AQA 6 Periods (2 per discipline)
Combined Science 2 x GCSEs AQA 6 Periods
Religious Studies GCSE Eduqas 3 Periods
History GCSE Pearson Edexcel 3 Periods
Geography GCSE AQA 3 Periods
Core PE N/A N/A 1 Period
Option Subjects
Fine Art GCSE AQA 3 Periods
Child Development BTEC Tech Award Pearson Edexcel 3 Periods
Computer Science GCSE OCR 3 Periods
Drama GCSE AQA 3 Periods
Design & Technology GCSE Pearson Edexcel 3 Periods
Engineering Level 1 & 2 Vocational Award WJEC 3 Periods
French GCSE AQA 3 Periods
German GCSE AQA 3 Periods
Hospitality and Catering Level 1 & 2 Vocational Award WJEC 3 Periods
Digital lnformation Technology BTEC Tech Award Pearson Edexcel 3 Periods
Music GCSE AQA 3 Periods
Physical Education GCSE AQA 3 Periods
Spanish GCSE AQA 3 Periods

Key Stage 4 lessons are designed to support our pupils in developing the full range of knowledge and skills required to their academic potential and prepare them for the next stages of their lives.

The curriculum is enhanced with a wide range of enrichment opportunities that complement and extend our provision.

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.

Further information can be found in the Key Stage 4 Options Booklet.

Key Stage 4 Options Booklet

Key Stage 5

Our Key Stage 5 Curriculum

At Key Stage 5, pupils follow a programme of traditional A level subjects or BTEC Level 3 qualifications. Pupils with a mixture of 9-4 grades at GCSE choose 3 full A level/BTEC Level 3 subjects in addition to Core Religious Studies, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS), relevant work experience and other co-curricular opportunities. Pupils who have not gained a grade 4 or above in English and Mathematics at GCSE are also be required to re-sit these subjects. Pupils achieving all 9 grades at GCSE have the option of studying 4 A Level or BTEC Level 3 qualifications.

The following table outlines the A levels/BTEC Level 3 qualifications that are available along with information on awarding bodies and time allocations:

 

Subject Provision at Key Stage 5
Subject Qualification Awarding Body Allocated Time Per Week Entry Requirements

Grade 4 or above in 5 or more GCSE subjects plus:

Applied General Science BTEC Level 3 AQA 10 Periods 4 or above in Combined Science and Mathematics
Art and Design A Level AQA 6 Periods 5 or above in Art
Biology A Level Eduqas 6 Periods 6 or above in Maths and Biology/6-6 in Combined Science
Business A Level AQA 6 Periods 5 or above in Maths and English
Chemistry A Level AQA 6 Periods 6 or above in Maths and Chemistry or 6-6 in Combined Science with 7 in Maths
Computer Science A Level OCR 6 Periods 6 or above in Computing and Maths
Design and Technology (Product Design) A Level Pearson Edexcel 6 Periods 5 or above in Design Technology or Engineering
Drama A Level AQA 6 Periods 6 or above in GCSE Drama or Merit or above in BTEC Level 2
Economics A Level AQA 6 Periods 6 or above in Maths and English
English Language A Level AQA 6 Periods 6 or above in both GCSE English Language and Literature
English Literature A Level AQA 6 Periods 6 or above in both GCSE English Language and Literature
Further Mathematics A Level Pearson Edexcel 6 Periods 8 or above in Mathematics (9 if taking as 4th A Level)
Geography A Level OCR 6 Periods 6 or above in Geography
History A Level AQA 6 Periods 6 or above in History
Information Technology BTEC Level 3 Pearson Edexcel 6 Periods Pass in KS4 DIT or equivalent, 4 in Maths and English
Mathematics A Level Pearson Edexcel 6 Periods 7 or above on Mathematics
MFL: French A Level AQA 6 Periods 6 or above in French
MFL: German A Level AQA 6 Periods 6 or above in German
MFL: Spanish A Level AQA 6 Periods 6 or above in Spanish
Music A Level AQA 6 Periods 6 or above in GCSE Music or Merit or above in BTEC Level 2, plus Grade 5 on any instrument/voice
Photography A Level AQA 6 Periods 5 or above in Art
Physical Education A Level OCR 6 Periods 6 or above in GCSE PE or Merit or above in BTEC Level 2
Physics A Level AQA 6 Periods 6 or above in Maths and Physics or 6-6 in Combined Science with 7 in Maths
Politics A Level Pearson Edexcel 6 Periods 6 or above in History/Geography, 6 in English Language or Literature
Psychology A Level AQA 6 Periods 6-6 in Combined Science, 5 and above in Maths and any essay-writing subject
Religious Studies (Philosophy and Ethics) A Level Eduqas 6 Periods 6 or above in Religious Studies or in any essay-writing subject
Sociology A Level AQA 6 Periods Grade 5 or above in any essay writing subject

 

 

Homework Timetable 2021-22