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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. 

Please contact Mrs S Williams if you have any questions. 


Our Curriculum

‘I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’ (John 10:10)

Ambitious         Hardworking         Resilient         Responsible

We aspire to ensure that all our pupils can stand shoulder to shoulder with their peers locally, nationally and globally, encouraging them to be ambitious and to fulfil their individual potential.  We believe that ‘God’s children are at the heart of everything we do’ and our curriculum reflects the necessary cultural capital that our children require to be successful; “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4)

Our children are unique and made in God’s image; “so God created human beings, making them to be like himself” (Genesis 1:27) the essence of our mission statement. The aim of St Catherine’s College is to provide an inspiring and challenging curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of all the students at the school.  We aim to offer our pupils a rich experience which develops within them a thirst for learning and which inspires them to be the best they can be through hard work and resilience; “The Heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge” (Psalm 19:1-2).  Within our Church School, through our curriculum, we will encourage our pupils to respect each person as an individual, seek to develop talents in all areas of life and cope wisely when things go wrong.

We further aim to provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations, regardless of their starting point, who know how to make a positive contribution to their local community and wider society.  We want our children to broaden their horizons beyond their immediate environment.  This is supported by a wide range of extra-curricular activities, trips and residential opportunities. There is a focus on the knowledge and skills pupils will need in order for them to compete with their peers at college and beyond; “The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out” Proverbs 18:15).

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

A three-year Key Stage Three curriculum.  This ensures pupils build on skills and knowledge that will prepare them for Key Stage Four and beyond, taking into consideration their prior learning and cultural context.  When students join us in Year 7, they will have already chosen a language to study: French, Spanish or Mandarin to build solid foundations for study at Key Stage Four.

A two-year Key Stage Four is followed.  At Key Stage Four, pupils are given time to study and prepare for the Core and EBacc GCSE subjects, 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 second Humanities subject).  Options at Key Stage Four strongly encourage pupils to consider following the EBacc route, which includes a choice of one of the humanities subjects and a language.

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.

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