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At St Paul’s Catholic High School our curriculum is: ambitious for all our students, covering a broad and balanced range of subjects and qualifications. Our schemes of learning within all subjects and qualifications are coherently planned and carefully sequenced; academically rigorous; and, adapted well for students with special educational needs.

Our curriculum reflects the ambitious intent of the National Curriculum. At Key Stage 3, pupils at St Paul’s Catholic High School study a rich programme of: English, maths, science, religious education, geography, history, modern foreign languages, physical education, information technology, design and technology, and a range of performing arts.

Curriculum time is also dedicated to our PSHE curriculum, this consists of topics linked to careers, relationships and sex education and British Values. Our GCSE option process commences in Year 9 with a 2-year Key Stage 4 curriculum offer in place for all pupils from Year 10. A wide entitlement to subjects that encompass the full English Baccalaureate consisting of a GCSE in one English (Literature or English Language), mathematics, two sciences (including computer science), one humanities subject (geography or history) and a modern foreign language is available.

As well as this, there is opportunity to study triple or combined sciences and a wide selection of open subjects are offered. These include performing arts subjects, religious education, technology subjects, physical education subjects, health and social care, child development and business studies.

The subjects that we offer at Key Stage 4 may change annually and are communicated to stake holders within a pupils’ education to best support pupil career aspiration and the GCSE option process.

Our aim is to:

  • Create successful learners who enjoy learning and make good progress
  • Prepare all pupils for the next stage of their education and for life in the wider world we live in
  • Provide pupils with a wide range of experiences, building cultural capital; inspiring and equipping them to make positive contributions to local and wider communities

Leaders carefully plan to ensure that appropriate knowledge and skills build upon what has been taught previously and are carefully developed before introducing or engaging with new or more challenging and complex content. Each subject plans for and provides regular opportunities to revisit knowledge to allow the best opportunities to improve student retention and recall.

All subject specific curriculums are available on our school website. They outline where each subject meets the National Curriculum requirements as well information that is bespoke to our school (set texts and topics).