Curriculum

At St. Peter’s we pride ourselves on our challenging curriculum which offers a wide range of subjects to suit many different career and life opportunities. This has enabled our pupils to gain excellent examination success. It is supported by our talented, dedicated and excellent team of teachers whose aim is to inspire all pupils. A variety of differing teaching and learning methods and materials are used in all courses to suit pupils’ different needs.

In accordance with the statutory requirements, the school aims to make the curriculum accessible to all pupils as far as is reasonably practicable. We have an Accessibility Policy and Special Educational Needs Policy which are available to parents on request.

Our curriculum is founded on mutual love and care for the individual. The Faith of the Church underpins all of our activities.

St. Peter’s curriculum is designed to:

  • promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society.
  • prepare pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

 

It is made up of three distinct parts:

 1.The National Curriculum

The National Curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said, and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

It is a statutory framework that all local-authority-maintained school in England must follow. The framework includes the programmes of study for individual subjects at KS3 and 4.

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 2. The Basic Curriculum

This covers our statutory requirement for curricula provision beyond the national curriculum. This will include subjects such as Religious Education and Relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education.

Religious Education is the "core of the core curriculum" in a Catholic school. The content of Religious Education and how it is assessed is determined by each diocesan bishop for the schools within his diocese. The Religious Education Curriculum Directory requires that 10% of the school’s curriculum time is devoted to the teaching of Religious Education.

 3. The School Curriculum

All the non-statutory subjects, courses, and experiences that the school offers.

Our school curriculum can be viewed on our website and the subjects offered at KS4 in our Options Booklet.

 Curriculum Intent:

  • At St Peter’s we strive for excellence in all that we do.
  • We offer a rich curriculum for life that enables our students to achieve their potential using the unique talents gifted to them by God.
  • We are committed to providing exciting learning experiences through our broad and balanced range of subjects that allows all children to have a strong academic foundation for the next phase of their education.
  • Our aim is to provide opportunities to enable students to be prepared for a successful life that helps to build a better world for all.
  • We want our daily lived curriculum to help pupils to grow to the absolute best version of themselves: to have the confidence and self-belief to value themselves and their importance in the world; the adaptability, resilience and independence to achieve their goals; the care and compassion to recognise the dignity and respect of others.

KS3 Curriculum

Staff are sensitive to the needs of new pupils and ensure they are well supported as they transfer from their primary school to St Peter’s. 

At St. Peter’s we deliver the KS3 National Curriculum over three years. The students follow a two-week timetable and attend five 1-hour lessons per day. In years 7-9, all students are taught in mainly mixed attainment groups with a smaller group of students in a supported LAP group. In addition to the National Curriculum all students access one lesson of Performing Arts to help develop their confidence, memory, and oracy skills.

The Department for Education (DfE) does not prescribe the number of hours PE should be taught each week. At St. Peter’s we follow Department for Education's Healthy Schools rating scheme which requires schools to provide at least 2-hours per week to achieve the Gold Award.

KS3 Curriculum

All students at KS3 study either French or Spanish, as these are the languages that are taught predominantly by our feeder primary schools.

KS4 Curriculum

At the end of year 9, all students pick 3 option subjects that will be studied for the next two years. The students follow a two-week timetable and attend five 1-hour lessons per day. In years 10-11, students are grouped on ability in English, maths and science.

In year 11 students have an additional period 6 (1 hour) from Monday to Thursday.

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Options Process

Students start the options process in year 9, where they are expected to pick three options to go alongside their core subjects - our core offering takes up 35 out of 50 periods. At St. Peter’s we do not force any of our students to follow particular a pathway, however, we do expect all students to study a language or a humanities subject to enable a broad and balanced curriculum. We do encourage all of our students to follow the EBacc route*

*To achieve the EBacc students must study at least seven GCSEs in the five areas: English language, English literature, maths, double science or biology, chemistry and physics, history or geography and a language.


Courses Offered at KS4 

 

For further details contact school at office@stpetershigh.com or telephone 0161248 1550.

For more specific enquiries contact heads of faculty on the email addresses shown on the contact page.

Entry to all programmes of study is based on academic suitability and appropriateness, regardless of sex, race, disability, religion or belief. 

 


 

 The curriculum is outstanding and fully meets pupils' needs. - OFSTED

 

The curriculum is highly relevant to students' needs and interests and promotes equality of opportunity outstandingly well - OFSTED