Intent

The school motto, “Love and serve through Christ” underpins all that we do, including our curriculum.

We aim to be a community of faith, based on Gospel values, where education empowers all pupils and staff to fulfil God’s plan for them. The school’s mission of loving God, serving others, building responsible citizens and fostering the joy of learning isserved by a curriculum that aims to inspire and challenge all pupils, enable them to find success and satisfaction in their progress, and equip them for a fulfilling, successful and happy future.

We recognise and celebrate that each pupil is made in the image and likeness of God, accepting all members of our community equally and unconditionally and fostering those values in all pupils and staff.

Loving God

  • The education we provide nurtures the formation of faith, and our interaction with our pupils promotes and supports their faith journeys. It aims to make pupils theologically literate, able to make informed choices about their own faith and able to live a life of faith to the full. We aim to educate them in the full richness of the Catholic tradition.

Serving others

  • We want all members of the school community to feel safe and valued, to have the freedom to flourish, and to feel the importance of providing that freedom and support to others in principle and in practice.

Building responsible citizens

  • The school expects high standards of behaviour, and for pupils to respect themselves and all other members of the community. It aims to equip pupils to be responsible citizens with a strong sense of personal responsibility and to be ready to live life as positive, ambitious, active citizens and, if they choose, Christians who are equipped to contribute to God’s kingdom.

Joy of learning

  • We aim to inspire pupils to be independent, inquisitive and resilient and to find joy in their learning that will last a lifetime.
  • We set out to provide a wide range of courses which inspire interest, equip pupils for future study and employment and allow all pupils to find areas in which they can feel particular satisfaction.
  • We aim to provide an education which is responsive to the needs of the modern world without losing sight of areas of study which have traditionally been valued and enjoyed and which allow pupils to build cultural capital.

Implementation

Loving God

  • The school teaches Religious Education in line with the requirements and guidance of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, amounting to at least 10% of curriculum time, and including GCSE Religious Education for all pupils in KS4.

Serving others

  • Pupils are encouraged to work collaboratively when appropriate, to understand the role they have in promoting the learning of those around them and to see their studies in the context of their future role in the world.

Building responsible citizens

  • The school provides a strong tutorial system supported by pastoral care and a PSHE programme delivered in timetabled lessons and through blocks within the RE scheme of work.
  • The school provided careers education to all years supported by individual advice and programmes to foster ambition and aspiration.

Joy of learning

  • The curriculum for each subject is decided by subject leaders in light of the school’s aims, the national curriculum and the requirements of examination boards.
  • Lessons are purposeful and challenging.
  • The stability of our subject curriculum allows subject expertise to develop over time, and the school invests time and resources in ensuring that it has skilled and dedicated teachers supported by school systems and appropriate CPD.
  • Homework is challenging and seeks to either consolidate learning in class or prepare students for future learning activities.
  • Teachers are ambitious for their pupils and have high expectations of their behaviour and effort. Relationships are strong, and pupils can always find extra support and encouragement from staff. There is a positive and collaborative atmosphere in classes.
  • The school takes very seriously its duty to ensure that the curriculum serves all pupils, and particularly those who may be socially, emotionally, academically or physically disadvantaged. It is made challenging and accessible to all through differentiation, setting and a choice of subjects, so that, in the words of St Benedict, “the strong have something to yearn for and the weak have nothing to run from.”
  • Key stage 3 runs for three years to maintain the greatest breadth for as long as possible and to avoid dominance of the curriculum by examination requirements alone. The two-year GCSE course is structured to help pupils to manage work load, and supported by work on study skills and wellbeing.

Impact

Loving God

  • The Catholic life of the school, including its Religious Education teaching, was judged Outstanding in the most recent diocesan inspection in December 2019.

Serving others

  • Pupils show empathy and a strong understanding of the needs of other members of the school community and those beyond.
  • Behaviour in school is excellent, and there is a strong degree of respect and tolerance for all.

Building responsible citizens

  • Pupils are ambitious for themselves and others.

Joy of learning

  • In the last three years for which data was published, ie 2017-19, Progress 8 averaged +0.38 (national average -0.02), and Attainment 8 averaged 49.8 (national average 46.5).
  • 71.3% achieved English and Maths at grade 4 or above (national average 63.3%) and 51.3 at grade 5 or above (national average 43%).
  • In the last year for which data is published, 72% of leavers went on to sixth for college, and 92% to some form of education (national average 87%), while only 4% did not spend at least two terms in either employment of education (national average 6%).