“Teachers have high expectations and help students achieve well”
At St Catherine's College we provide an exceptional and engaging learning experience for each and every child. We pride ourselves on our inspirational teaching, an innovative curriculum, and a clear focus on a broad core curriculum. These combine to enable our students to make amazing progress. Each individual child is at the heart of what we do and we focus on ensuring that all of our students are challenged to achieve excellent outcomes. Our accreditation with Confucius Classroom Status and our associated participation in the Mandarin Excellence Programme is one example of our exciting and enriching curriculum.
In the majority of subjects, students are grouped into ability sets right from the start. This means that we can personalise our teaching and support each student with his or her individual learning needs. For those who need it, we offer additional support, catch-up classes and one-to-one tuition. We also stretch and challenge our more able students.
We have a broad and balanced curriculum which is rooted in academic rigour and has strong foundations in English and Mathematics. Our commitment to making sure that every student achieves superb examination success provides the opportunity for our children to succeed in the 21st century. The students benefit from an accelerated Key Stage 3 and an extended Key Stage 4, as this allows them to prepare for their final examinations in more depth. It also allows pupils to maintain a healthy breadth of subjects: pupils are able to enjoy a free subject choice alongside the study of the EBacc portfolio of qualifications AND triple Science. Students in Year 8 are guided to make subject choices that will bring them success at GCSE and beyond.
“A key ingredient in the school’s success has been the training of staff to better meet the needs of the students. Through lesson observation, coaching and working together as a team, areas of good practice and expertise have developed across the school. As a result, teachers are in demand to advise and train other teachers within the local authority and beyond.”
We are very proud to be holders of Investors in People Gold, which is testament to the excellent staff that we have at St Catherine's College and the emphasis that we place on staff training and development. We firmly believe that learning is a life long journey and that the staff should walk alongside the children on their pathway to knowledge and understanding.
Our expertise in teaching and learning has been widely recognised and, over the past few years, we have worked alongside other schools to support them with their own growth and development. Through supporting other schools we are also able to learn from them and develop or own teaching practice which, of course, in turn, benefits our children here too.
“A committed, motivated and engaged staff team who go the extra mile and who are passionate about helping children achieve”.
-Investors in People
‘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.