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 is taking place in order to establish the views of all stakeholders around the curriculum offer. This review will support the work that has already started at department level in terms of sequencing, ordering of schemes of work and knowledge organisers. This is to ensure that students gain the knowledge required in a logical order.
The rationale behind the review is 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 will examine the current provision and time associated around the Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 offers.

The consultation time line is as follows:

  • Staff questionnaire 20th November 2019.
  • Year 8 student questionnaire 22nd November 2019.
  • Sample of Year 9 student questionnaire 27th November 2019.
  • Sample of Year 11 student questionnaire 29th November 2019.
  • Parental Survey open 18th November closing on 2nd December 2019.
  • Discussion at SLT 3rd December with outcomes to be decided following the period of consultation.


Currently 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 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.
Roadmaps and Knowledge Organisers to come.

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 4 (Years 9 to 11 – Ages 13 to 16)

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

Options: · 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 Mr Mike Whiteside, Deputy Headteacher, by e-mail M.Whiteside@st-paulshigh.net