Curriculum Overview

Our curriculum is broad and balanced at all key stages.  It meets the needs, abilities and aspirations of all our learners.

Our key priority for our curriculum is to ensure that all young people at St Paul’s fulfil their potential, explore and develop their own faith journey and are enabled and supported to fully develop as well-rounded individuals.  We regard everything that occurs at St. Paul’s as a part of the curriculum. This includes many memorable experiences and rich opportunities for high quality learning within and outside of lesson times. We actively seeks to promote students’ faith, personal development and well-being in all areas of the curriculum. This development of our students’ confidence in themselves as learners is central to their success.

We have a broad Key Stage 3 (year 7 and 8) curriculum, delivered by departments that take a pride in what they do, and a Key Stage 4 curriculum that allows students to access Ebac, Progress 8, booster sessions in English and Maths and appropriate vocational courses (on and off site).  For a small number of pupils, we arrange a bespoke programme of study designed to meet the very complex needs of some of our learners.  The specifics of our Key Stage 5 curriculum can be found here.

KS3 to KS4 Transition

The Key Stage 4 (years 9 to 11) curriculum has a broad range of courses available including GCSEs and vocational courses.

Our PSHE programme for year 8, led by Progress leaders and form tutors, along with support from subject staff and our Careers advisors, guides pupils’ curriculum decisions.  In 2021, 97% of pupils were able to access their first choice of options.  We feel our options process, at all key points of transition, is excellent.  This is evidenced by our 0% NEETs figure in four out of the last five years.   We have a well-established careers advisor who is a respected, knowledgeable and active presence in the school.

Most pupils are entered for up to 9 GCSEs. Our options are structured to allow pupils to access the Ebac and Progress 8 measures.  However, there is significant personalisation of the curriculum for many students. This gives them the opportunity to access:

* Additional courses in core Maths & English

* Vocational courses at colleges

* Support for basic literacy

* Personalised programmes of study

This allows the school to meet the needs of all students and allow them to achieve their potential. It also equips all St. Paul’s students with the skills and qualifications to move onto the next phase of their education.

Statement Of Curriculum Intent.2021 2022

St Paul's Catholic School