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Curriculum Intent

Preparing students to stand shoulder to shoulder with their peers, locally, nationally and globally.

To achieve their God-given potential, learners in our care are inspired and supported to be:

Ambitious        Hard-working        Resilient        Responsible 

Jesus said, “I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10, v10b).

The quality of education in the College is driven by our curriculum, which is designed to: 

  1. Enable every child to achieve their God-given potential in all aspects of their life. “The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.” (Proverbs 18:15)
  2. Develop our children’s cultural capital: prepared & equipped to stand shoulder to shoulder with peers. “Do you see people who are skilful in their work? They will stand before royalty.” (Proverbs 22:29)
  3. Value the uniqueness of every child, with children at the heart of everything we do. “so, God created human beings, making them to be like himself.” (Genesis 1:27)

Our curriculum is building wisdom, truth and knowledge; the learning and teaching of understanding, virtues and habits that shape individuals, families and communities; the worth of each person; what people hope for; and more.

Curriculum Implementation Key Features:

  • A broad and balanced curriculum, with an expansive enrichment programme which develops the  skills, knowledge and attributes of our students, raising their horizons, particularly for the most disadvantaged and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).
  • Providing a complete environment for pupils to flourish in order to live ‘life in all its fullness’, academically, socially and spiritually as responsible members of their communities.
  • A three-year coherently planned Key Stage 3 curriculum, which builds, from their individual starting points, a strong and broad foundation of skills and knowledge for pupils to succeed at Key Stage 4 and beyond.
  • A two-year Key Stage 4 where pupils are given time to study and prepare for the Core and EBacc GCSE subjects, alongside PE and RE, without losing the breadth of studying a ‘free’ option (such as a creative or Performing Arts subject, Technology or a second Humanities subject).
  • First-class careers advice which supports children to be ambitious for their futures.
  • Giving children opportunities to contribute to their immediate and wider communities, and to become responsible and charitable global citizens.
  • When students join us in Year 7, they will have already chosen a language to study; French or Spanish, in order to build solid foundations for study at Key Stage 4, where they are strongly encouraged, where appropriate, to follow the EBacc route.
  • A high quality PSHE programme is delivered during Tutor Worship each week; so that pupils have a wider understanding of the world we live in.
  • The curriculum is underpinned by six principles of teaching and learning: challenge; explanation; modelling; practice; feedback; and questioning.

Planned Curriculum Impact:

The impact of our curriculum is to enable all learners to ‘have life and have it to the full’. Specifically:

  • All pupils have a thirst for learning and consistently achieve highly.
  • All pupils have the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to flourish in all aspects of life.
  • Learners have developed interests and talents through the enrichment that runs through the curriculum.
  • All pupils will value relationships, contribute responsibly to communities and feel empowered to speak up against injustice.

What does our vision mean? 

John Chapter 10, verse 10: This verse comes from the parable of ‘The Shepherd and His Flock’. Within this parable, Jesus teaches about the virtue of living life in the right way.

  • We are St Catherine’s College: We are a community of which we are proud to be a member.
  • Standing shoulder to shoulder: We want our pupils to be second-to-none in their readiness for life after and beyond school - However, as part of the SCC community and as responsible global citizens, we also want pupils to demonstrate solidarity with others, especially those in need.
  • God-given potential: As a Church School we believe that everybody is unique with talents, qualities and skills to discover and nurture for the benefit of society.
  • Inspiration and Support: Every school ‘cares’, but as a Church School we will go the extra mile so that all pupils can flourish.  

What are our values?

  • Ambitious: We would like pupils to aspire to be the best they can be, aiming high in everything.
  • Hard-working: Ambition without hard work is just a dream. Hard work is the solution to most challenges and can lead to success.
  • Resilient: Success comes from not giving up; from demonstrating the perseverance to keep going.
  • Responsible: As a member of civilised society, we will teach that the pursuit of excellence should be combined with respect and consideration for others and the fulfilment of a stewardship role. 


Curriculum Intent

St Catherine’s has a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of the students at the school.

God’s Children at the heart of everything we do

We listen, learn and achieve together

To deliver this mission in school, we have a curriculum which is responsive to the context and starting point of the pupils; the external demands upon the school; the needs of the workforce; and which creates the skills required for success in the 21st Century. Additionally, it is through the curriculum which we deliver the school’s vision for excellence in Teaching and Learning:

The vision for T&L at St Catherine's College

God's Children at the heart of everything we do means:

  • Knowing our children and their starting points
  • Teachers are positive and believe in the pupils
  • Children are inspired and want to learn
  • Every pupil enjoying their schooling
  • Every child feeling valued and making excellent progress
  • We work together to build a positive culture around learning

Key features of the curriculum at St Catherine’s College:

  • A commitment to a broad and balanced KS3. SCC will provide a balance between the time given to traditional academic subjects, and the Performing & Creative Arts, Technology and Physical Education.  
  • A broad introduction to MFL, followed by time to specialise. SCC will give every Yr 7 pupil 3-4 months of intensive study in each of three modern languages. They then opt to continue with and specialise in one of these languages into Yr 8, with the expectation that the majority would continue to GCSE dependent upon their pathway. 
  • A three year KS4. SCC recognises the increasing demands of the new GCSE syllabi. In order to give sufficient time for the Core and EBacc GCSEs alongside PE and RE, without losing the breadth of also studying a ‘free’ option (e.g. a Creative or Performing Arts subject, Technology, or a 2nd Humanities subject), a three year KS4 is followed.   
  • A pathways approach to managing options.  Pupils who have high prior attainment will be directed towards the EBac pathway; middle prior attaining pupils will generally be divided between EBac and a free choice; and pupils with low prior attainment will follow a pathway which offers a variety of EBac, bucket 3 and vocational subjects. Some options subjects may be by invite only.
  • A prominent position for Religious Education within a Church School. At KS3, RE has equity in the curriculum with the other Foundation Subjects. At KS4, it is a core subject followed by all.  Curriculum time across the two key stages does not change, although this is under review with the new and more demanding GCSE.  
  • A high quality PSHE programme is delivered within the Tutor Worship time each week. 

Please contact Mrs S Williams if you have any questions. 

Our newsworthy curriculum


St Catherine's on Sky News, 24th May 2019

Sky News visited the school to cover a segment about St Catherine's own Mrs Pavey, becoming one of the first teachers to be accredited The United Nations' new role of a climate change teacher. This will be introduced within geography lessons throughout the school.

To watch the segment on Sky News, visit our Facebook to see the video or click on the link below:


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