Teaching and Learning
St Paul’s Catholic High School is part of the Wythenshawe Catholic Academy Trust. Our school is rapidly increasing in numbers on roll, with a differing percentage of around 6% between boys and girls this academic year. We have high proportions of students recorded with SEND involvement and this makes up over 20% of our school this academic year. We are significantly above the national average for pupils requiring an Educational Health Care Plan. We also have an above national average figure for pupils that qualify for the Pupil Premium Grant.
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 focused curriculum. Pupils will apply a combination of knowledge and skills within our curriculums, which will allow them to feel confident when accessing the wider world that we live in.
The aims of our vision are to:
- ensure that all students make at least good progress irrespective of starting point.
- promote reading and literacy as a whole school priority
- to strive for excellence for our pupils facing disadvantage and for our pupils with a special educational need
- establish a culture of high expectations and aspirations
- provide students with a curriculum that is ambitious offering breadth and depth with an appropriate balance between academic and vocational subjects
- to inspire progress and personal success
- rapidly improve reading ages and literacy skillsets to enable pupils to access all aspects of our curriculum offer
- ensure students stay physically and mentally healthy
- deliver an RSE and PSHE curriculum that is challenging and purposeful
- deliver a curriculum that is rich in spiritual, moral, social, and cultural experiences
- promote British values and celebrate the rich diversity of our multi-cultural school community by teaching young people to have tolerance for all faiths and cultures, and those whose characteristics are protected by law
- develop lifelong learners and to ensure we promote and educate pupils about employment in occupations and professions which will provide opportunities for progression in a 21st Century global economy
- recognise the demands placed on young people to keep them safe in a digital world
Course and Subjects Offered
At Saint Paul’s we offer a comprehensive and stimulating range of subjects and courses. For a full list of the courses we offer as core and options process click – Courses offeredv3
Exams and Assessments 2022
For details about exams and assessments in 2022, please click the link below:
As the person who oversees the exam boards delivering exams in England, my commitment to you is to put you first, and to make sure that whatever you are studying – be that GCSE maths, A level art or a diploma in travel and tourism – the end result will be a genuine reflection of your work.
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.
Curriculum Model 2020-21 Two week Timetable – click here to download the document Curriculum Model 2020-21 Two week Timetable.docx
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.
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