St Thomas More Catholic High School

Quality of Education

 

Conceived Curriculum 

At St Thomas More Catholic High School, all pupils are immersed in outstanding education, within a centre of excellence for teaching and learning. At the heart of the curriculum is the shared mission through our Catholic Social Teachings. Curriculum areas understand that our curriculum delivery is for the Common Good – ensuring all are included and grow in Christ’s mission, maintaining an equality for all pupils throughout their academic journey.

The curriculum speaks of a dignity for all pupils, where every child is considered when planning and developing our curriculum learning. Pupils will strive to be the best that God intended them to be, through a connected curriculum across subjects and well sequenced in subject learning journeys. This allows pupils to retrieve well and gives pupils opportunities to learn, be creative, have enquiring minds and compassionate hearts.

The curriculum will be ambitious with quality teachers and support staff who can embrace the talents of each child and prepare them for their future. Staff will have opportunities for curriculum formation, addressing appropriateness of curriculum, local context, current educational research and bespoke needs for age appropriateness and groups. Curriculum in RE follows the RE Directory and all other subjects use the ambition of the National Curriculum to allow pupils to love their subject areas through knowledge progression and clear sequencing.

At St Thomas More, pupils are encouraged to explore their vocation and God-given gifts, through a stimulating learning experience and love of subjects. Staff will have opportunities for formation and growth in educational research and opportunities for prayer and reflection and subject development.

The whole school curriculum is broad and balanced through RE, I AM, RSHE (Relationships, Sex & Health Education), Reading, MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) alongside English Maths and Science with Performance, Technology and Humanities subjects throughout KS3 and studied further at KS4.  Pupils will have a carefully chosen option programme where they can explore their interests and talents. Pupils will have achieved the best academic standards for their capability and understand their responsibility through Catholic Social Teachings, allowing them to flourish into their chosen vocational pathway and adult life.

 

 

 Taught Curriculum

  • Committed to a Catholic Education for all, engaging with the Church's liturgical cycle throughout our subjects and celebrating Catholic Social Teachings in all curriculum areas
  • Having an ambitious, sequenced and connected curriculum which allows a breadth of knowledge and for pupils to thrive on their God given talents, where the disadvantaged, SEND, high and low ability groups all thrive
  • RSHE delivered in a Catholic context which is age appropriate
  • Pupils in all years to experience I Am lessons which allow a pupil to understand that they have many skills which are continually enhanced in the context of personal and social education
  • Reading to be a focus of all curriculum Schemes of Learning (SoL) and at the heart of all learning with an understanding of bespoke reading ages and support materials
  • To engage with the national curriculum as a rigour for KS3 SoL
  • High expectations and quality of learning is based on accurate understanding of pupils learning against clearly defined, age-appropriate endpoints
  • Commitment to the development of cultural capital for all pupils particularly through our Catholic social teachings, our trips and visits, and our liturgy and prayer, inside and outside of the classroom
  • Retaining expert teaching staff and recruiting specialist teachers for knowledge and skills quality, engaging with the ITT programme and the Core Content Framework to support and mentor teachers into the profession and nurture our Early Career Teachers (ECT’s) to continue to develop
  • Continual curriculum review to ensure that each unique cohort flourishes 

 Experienced Curriculum

  • The curriculum is designed around a 50, one-hour, two-week timetable.  This is consistently under review so that it meets the needs of all our pupils and maximises their opportunities and learning.  We teach a broad, balanced and deep curriculum across all five years from Year 7 to Year 11.  We work with primary schools and post 16 providers to ensure that the learning provides a continuum with the learning of these local providers
  • At KS3 our curriculum is carefully matched to the national curriculum and ensures that all pupils gain their full entitlement of knowledge and skills.  All pupils study a minimum of one language for all five years and an additional Language is available for the more able linguists at KS3 and is an option at KS4.  Our EAL (English Additional Language) pupils also have the opportunity to succeed in their home language.  Pupils are encouraged to develop a love of learning and to increase their ability to be independent learners
  • All pupils study core subjects for all five years.  Core subjects include Religious Education (10% of curriculum time), English (Literature and Language), Mathematics, Science (Trilogy or Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Language, I AM, and Physical Education.  Each core subject commences their KS4 study at an appropriate time for their subject and their pupils
  • At the end of Year 8, pupils opt to take forward three choices from Fine Art, Drama, Health and Social Care, Business Studies, Geography, History, Second Language, Food and Nutrition, Technology, Textiles, Music, Sport, IT and Computer Science.  This makes our Year 9 a year of loving a subject through skills and exploration.  When pupils move into Year 10, they then embark on their GCSE course of study.  During the options process pupils and families are given guidance and support to help them make informed choices.  The school’s Ebacc (English Baccalaureate) entry rate in 2022 was 60.5%, with 60.5% of pupils taking a Humanities subject at KS4

 Further Information

Current KS4 Qualifications

Curriculum Model