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Our Learning 

“Teachers have high expectations and help students achieve well”

-Ofsted

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.”

-Ofsted

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


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. 

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