Teaching & Curriculum

“At Saint Paul’s Catholic High School, we believe passionately in the power of knowledge in helping young people to lead healthy, happy, successful lives. Our curriculum aims to offer our students a rich, deep, knowledge engaged curriculum applying a combination of knowledge and skills which will allow all of our young people to feel confident when accessing all aspects of society.”

Core Values

Our curriculum is underpinned by our core values of: Service, Respect, Stewardship, Compassion, and Love. We endeavour to live out the Gospel values in our daily life and believe in developing the skills and talents of the whole child by encouraging our pupils to: BELONG to our community, BELIEVE in themselves and ACHIEVE what they deserve.

Curriculum Review 2019-2020:

The review took place in order to establish the views of all stakeholders around the curriculum offer. This review supported the work that had already started at department level in terms of sequencing, ordering of schemes of work and knowledge organisers ensuring that students gain the knowledge required in a logical order.

The rationale behind the review was to establish whether the school is offering the right balance of academic and vocational courses that will support the development of the whole student moving forward into future employment. The review examined the current provision and time associated around the Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 offers.

The consultation took place between November and December 2019 and included a staff questionnaire, Years 8 to 11 student questionnaire, parental survey, discussions at senior level and presented to governors.

The outcome of the review has ensured that our curriculum prepares pupils for a world that is changing at a rapid rate. Pupils acquire skills and ways of thinking that enable them to adapt to advances in technology and an evolving job market. Keystage 3 takes place from years 7 to 9 and Keystage 4 takes place from years 10 to 11 with options taking place at the end of year 9.

In Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) all the National Curriculum subjects are studied in groups set according to ability. Some pupils with additional needs are taught in a smaller setting by specialist staff.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9 – Ages 11 to 14)

Core Subjects: English, Mathematics, Science and Religious Education.

Foundation Subjects: Computer Science, History, Geography, Physical Education, Art, Music, Technology, Drama, Modern Foreign Languages and Personal, Social & Health Education. Please see below the curriculum model for 2020-21 with hours attached for a two week timetable.

Option choices for the GCSE/Vocational routes takes place during the middle of year 9 with them starting courses the following September.

Road maps are now on each subject page and Knowledge organisers are available for each subject.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 to 11) offers academic and vocational pathways. Our curriculum includes thinking skills, investigating, problem solving, decision making, analysing, evaluating and redesigning.

Pupils at Saint Paul’s are expected to show initiative, be creative, work independently and in teams, self-assess and peer-assess with a critical and constructive eye.

The subject pages in this section offer a brief summary of provision by subject area. Please note that options arrangements such as learning pathways and subjects offered will change from year to year.

Examinations

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 to 11 – Ages 14 to 16)

Core Subjects: GCSEs in English (Language and Literature), Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, PHSE(non GCSE) and Physical Education (non GCSE)

Options: A full range of GCSE subjects including Art, French, Spanish, Italian, Business studies, Child Development, Information Communication Technology, Geography, History, Drama, Physical Education and Deisgn & Technology courses. · Vocational BTEC courses in Sports, Expressive & Performing Arts, Business Studies, Food & Nutrition, Animal Care, iMedia and Music.

All Key Stage 4 courses lead to GCSE or vocational qualifications

GCSE: Specification and final examination requirements vary with each subject.

Cambridge National Diploma, BTEC or V Certs: (GCSE equivalent passes on completion)

For further information about the curriculum contact Mr Mike Whiteside, Deputy Headteacher, by e-mail M.Whiteside@st-paulshigh.net