Curriculum

At St George’s we aim to provide a curriculum which delivers an excellent academic and enriching education within a framework of Gospel values.

We see each pupil as a unique person so our curriculum is inclusive and allows each pupil to explore and develop their individual talents.

We strive to educate the whole person through a curriculum based on Christian principles, rooted in our local community, to create active citizens of the 21st century.

From Outstanding to Transformational

The curriculum at St George’s is reviewed annually to ensure that it:

  • Enables excellent student outcomes to be maintained and improved
  • Meets both students’ and statutory needs
  • Maintains depth and richness

Implementation:

As a Catholic school it is important that 100% of pupils take RE throughout their time at school. Pupils study RE in Key Stage Three and Four, with all pupils taking the RE GCSE. Our Sixth form students follow a programme of General RE. This is supported through opportunities for collective worship and a strong programme of Charity work.

Key Stage Three

We have a very broad and balanced KS3 curriculum covering 12 subjects. We devote the most time to English and Maths to give all pupils the chance to gain the vital skills required for their futures. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to study a language, and pupils choose whether to study French or Spanish at KS3. Higher pupils are encouraged to build their independence through challenge homework set across the curriculum. The curriculum is personalised for those in need of extra support through nurture groups in Year 7 and 8, and extra English is provided in Year 7 for those with SEN or EAL needs. We believe that every child should have access to creative subjects and pupils study Art, Music, Drama and DT for one hour per week.

Our KS3 curriculum is supported by a reading programme where pupils read independently for at least one hour per week. We build vocabulary from KS3-KS5 by ensuring that all pupils are given a “word of the day” which they hear and use in context.

Key Stage Four

Pupils begin to specialise for their GCSEs in Year 9- this ensures that subjects can be covered in enough depth allowing pupils to gain a thorough understanding by the end of KS4. This also ensures that KS3 can be covered more efficiently and avoids any ‘wasted years’ where pupils are not pushed sufficiently.

All pupils have the opportunity to take 10 GCSE or equivalent subjects, and higher pupils have the chance to gain an extra GCSE by studying triple science. They are also given the opportunity to take the Extended Project Qualification, giving them vital study skills required at university.

Within the KS4 curriculum additional time is given to English, maths and science to make sure that pupils gain the essential skills needed for their future lives. We push pupils to excel and each year we are increasing our uptake for the EBACC. Our KS4 curriculum is personalised and we offer BTEC subjects for those pupils who benefit more from this model of study. We recognise the need to keep children healthy and so all pupils study PE GCSE or BTEC.

Key Stage Five

We have an excellent retention rate from KS4 to KS5 which helps to ensure a smooth transition and means that there are clear lines of progression throughout the curriculum. The curriculum is personalised - option blocks change each year, depending on pupil requests.

Our Sixth form curriculum is inclusive and pupils can study three A levels, three BTECs, or a combination of both routes.

Every pupil studying A Levels takes the EPQ which allows them to gain the independent study skills required at university. The curriculum is bolstered by the “Access project” which supports pupils to gain entry into top universities. Every pupil is given support with their UCAS application through targeted support in form time and drop down days.

We offer a programme of level two and level three BTEC programmes of study. This is supported by our apprenticeship programmes. We also offer GCSE English and Maths to reinforce pupils’ understanding of these vital subjects.

Careers

In order to prepare pupils to take an active role in an uncertain jobs market we provide careers education throughout their time in school. This meets the Gatsby Benchmarks and is tracked across all Key Stages to ensure each pupil is given targeted and individual careers guidance.

In Key Stage three we focus on developing professional skills through enterprise challenges and skills workshops. At Key Stage four the focus moves to personal careers guidance and work experience. At Key Stage five pupils focus on UCAS applications, interview and CV skills and also have the opportunity to complete more work experience and benefit from further personal guidance. This is supported by our “future finders” club where pupils have chance to find out about a different career path once a week. The school maintains positive working relationships with a number of businesses and organisations to help provide excellent careers opportunities. The careers lead undertakes a thorough annual evaluation using the Compass toll as well as input from students and stakeholders.

PSHE

In order to develop the whole child we have a comprehensive PSHE curriculum covering relationships and sex education throughout each Key Stage, British values and health education.

Enrichment

To further enrich our curriculum, we have a comprehensive programme of extra-curricular activities and education visits. Pupils can take part in “Debate Mate” to learn key British values, they can take part in our school production showcasing music and drama talents. We run local walking tours to study black history in the local area. Pupils have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of trips ranging from visiting their local Synagogue to a trip to Beijing.

We recognise the vital need to increase the cultural capital of our pupils. We run the Duke of Edinburgh programme at KS4 and KS5 and pupils have the chance to join Army Cadets. Targeted pupils take part in the Diana Award, linking them with local industry and we also run trips to universities to raise aspirations.

At Key Stage five our uptake for the Duke of Edinburgh programme is one of the highest in the county and this a key way for pupils to build wider skills that they need for their futures.

Quality Control

The whole curriculum is monitored by the Curriculum Governing Body.

  • Curriculum review is carried out by the: SLT
  • Curriculum Teams/Teaching and Learning group

and through:

  • Working Parties with a specific focus – e.g. Learning Communities
  • Listening to the student voice with questionnaires or interviews
  • Outside consultants
  • The Sixth Form curriculum is monitored and evaluated by the Senior Leadership Team with responsibility for the Sixth Form