St George’s Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum structure and schemes of work are designed to provide deep, broad, inclusive experiences, coherently planned and sequenced, incorporating both substantive and disciplinary knowledge that reinforce understanding and skills, such that all pupils have a curriculum that is matched with needs at the appropriate pitch.  We are cognisant of our local context, and foundation skills and understanding are built upon and developed (including from KS2).   

We include PSHCE and Relationship and Sex education to the end that all pupils (including SEND and EAL) are able to make excellent progress, acquire cultural capital, inculcate British values, understand the world of work and lifelong learning and succeed in life.   They should acquire the wherewithal and confidence to form respectful relationships in a modern world.   As the threats from Covid-19 recede we aim to enrich further our curriculum.  

From Year 10 onwards, curriculum is closely matched to the demands of examination courses.   The aims of the curriculum have been discussed with staff and how they connect to outcomes.   Close analysis of outcomes leads to adjustments in curriculum to fill gaps and correct misconceptions.  Outcomes would suggest that the curriculum is outstanding in KS3 and KS4. 

The curriculum has a broad range of subjects from Years 7-9 and to prevent narrowing, students delay their GCSE choices until Year 9.   Classes are streamed from the beginning of Year 7.   We are working towards every subject demonstrating expectations for the end of each group set out at the front of their schemes of work. 

The school has EBacc at the centre of our thinking and is on schedule to meet Government targets.  This year EBacc entry is 75% in Year 10 with 65% in Year 11 (from 26% in 2019).  Our intent is that our SEND pupils receive an ambitious curriculum which is broadly similar to that provided for other pupils.  To support implementation there are resources and teaching strategies which focus on making work accessible.  

At KS5, provision is made for a comprehensive intake.   Students can take an Academic A level pathway, a vocational BTEC pathway, or a combination of the two in order to maximise their potential.  Blocks are designed around student interviews to ensure that the majority of students can study their first choice subjects.   In the delivery and sequencing of programmes of work, foundation skills from KS4 are built upon.