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Our Curriculum 

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. 

Pupils in Year 8 choose their subjects for their September pathway in the March of the same year. More details will be made available prior to this. Please contact Mrs S Williams swilliams@stcatherines.college if you have any questions. 

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