Teaching & Curriculum

Our 21st century 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.

In Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 8) 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 4 (Years 9 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 the 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.


Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 8 – Ages 11 to 13)

Core Subjects:

English, Mathematics, Science and RE.

Foundation Subjects:

Computer Science, History, Geography, PE, Art, Music, Technology, Drama, Modern Foreign Languages and Personal, Social & Health Education.


Key Stage 4 (Years 9 to 11 – Ages 13 to 16)

Compulsory Core Subjects:

GCSEs in English, Mathematics, Science, RE and PE (non GCSE)


  • A full range of GCSE subjects including French, Italian, Child Development, ICT, History, PE
  • Vocational BTEC courses in Sports, Expressive & Performing Arts, Business Studies, Food & Nutrition, Science

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 Mrs Critchlow Deputy Headteacher by phone or e mail M.Critchlow@st-paulshigh.net