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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 9) all the National Curriculum subjects are studied in groups set according to avility.  Some pupils with additional needs are taught in a home setting by specialist staff.

Key Stage 4 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.  All subjects contribute to the specialised learning that distinguishes Saint Paul's as an Engineering College.

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 9 - Ages 11 to 14)

Core Subjects:

English, Mathematics, Science and RE.

Foundation Subjects:

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


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

Compulsory Core Subjects:

GCSEs in English, Mathematics, Science and RE


  • A full range of GCSE subjects including French, Italian, Child Development, ICT, History, PE
  • National Diploma qualifications in Engineering or Hair & Beauty Studies
  • Vocational BTEC courses in Law, Health & Social Care, Sports, Expressive & Performing Arts, Business Studies, Food & Nutrition, Science
  • Young Apprenticeship in Enginnering including 10 days work experience and specialist guidance to support the next stage of education or training


All Key Stage 4 courses lead to GCSE or BTEC qualifications:

GCSE: Coursework and final examinations vary with each subject.

BTEC: (2 or 4 GCSE equivalent passes on completion) assessed by continuous assessment, without a final examination.

Young Apprenticeship in Engineering:  Organised in collaboration with specialised local training providers and delivered by highly trained specialist staff with high quality equipment and resources.

Course options can be downloaded from the links below.

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