Curriculum overview

The curriculum is excellent and offers students appropriate courses that are very well matched to their needs

— Ofsted

Introduction

At St Paul’s we aim to give every student the opportunity to grow, develop and flourish. We look to give them a well-rounded education that challenges them to develop spiritually, personally and academically to fulfil their God-given potential.

To achieve this we have to continue to be determined to develop, grow and change. Currently at St Paul’s our results place us consistently within the top ten percent of schools nationally, our aim in the improvement plan is to get into the top five percent.

Students don’t get a second chance in education. This means that we have to cherish every lesson as an opportunity to learn, equally we need to invest in high quality teaching, research and development to nourish and develop outstanding learning and teaching in all we do.

Overview

INTENT

The curriculum has been designed and developed to challenge, support and inspire students to achieve their God-given potential in all areas of their time at St Paul’s. In each curriculum area this is planned, implemented and evaluated carefully to ensure a broad and balanced experience of learning and development.

IMPLEMENTATION

As an 11-18 school we have continued to adapt and evolve the curriculum to match the changing needs of our students and the curriculum changes nationally. Each subject has mapped and planned this carefully and we ensure on-going opportunities for evaluation, reflection and improvement.

IMPACT

The consistently strong outcomes at all key stages demonstrate the positive impact of the curriculum on offer at St Paul’s. This can be seen by the culture of high expectation in all areas of the school and a drive to continually improve and build on the strengths of the school.

Our Mission

To provide an innovative, inspirational and Christian education which challenges, nurtures and informs our students to enable them to take their place in a changing world.

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Broad and balanced

We have made a firm commitment to retain a broad and balanced curriculum. Even during times of significant curriculum change we have invested in ensuring that all subjects flourish at St Paul’s. RE and spiritual life remain at the core of life at St Paul’s as a faith school. Core subjects have flourished alongside a wide variety of curriculum areas including humanities, languages and the arts.

We have committed to students doing nine GCSEs at Key Stage 4. This has allowed us to commit more time to each subject and develop the depth required by the challenges in the curriculum. With all students doing RE, English, Maths and Science this allows for students to make three choices. During this process we guide each student to choose subjects that will stretch and challenge them as well as meeting their interests and aspirations.

Students study three A level, or equivalent qualifications, at Key Stage 5. We have invested extra curriculum time and teaching in the Key Stage 5 provision. This has allowed us to nurture, support and challenge our students to ensure they are successful at Key Stage 5. This can lead them on to further education and employment, up to 85% achieving their first choice university and one in four successfully applying for Russell group universities.

Research & Development

We are heavily involved in initial teacher training, leadership development and school improvement. Through the commitment to lead the Inspire Teaching School Alliance and Sussex Maths Hub we do extensive work developing teachers at all stages of their careers. This benefits and grows staff at St Paul’s too.

Education

We are fully committed to investing time in development of the highest quality of learning and teaching. This has included seeking out opportunities to work closely with exceptional schools nationally and internationally.

Development

We believe we have a moral obligation to do what’s right for education not just our school. This has led us to take on outreach work with primary and secondary schools in supporting their growth and development. This has provided opportunities for us to develop and articulate best practice in the work we do on learning, teaching, leadership and the curriculum.

Morals

Key Stage 3

A traditional, broad and balanced curriculum over three years

We have made a firm commitment to retain a broad and balanced curriculum. Even during times of significant curriculum change we have invested in ensuring that all subjects flourish at St Paul’s. RE and spiritual life remain at the core of life at St Paul’s as a faith school. Core subjects have flourished alongside a wide variety of curriculum areas including humanities, languages and the arts

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Timetable Allocation Key Stage 3 Curriculum Timetable Allocation
Religious Education 18 English 22
Mathematics 22 Science 21
Computing 6 French 15
German 15 Spanish 15
History 12 Geography 12
Art 8 Drama 8
Music 8 Technology 9
PE 12 Information Literacy -
LovEd 3

Key Stage 4

Investing in depth and a love of each subject

We have committed to students doing nine GCSEs at Key Stage 4. This has allowed us to commit more time to each subject and develop the depth required by the challenges in the curriculum. With all students doing RE, English, Maths and Science this allows for students to make three choices. During this process we guide each student to choose subjects that will stretch and challenge them as well as meeting their interests and aspirations.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Timetable Allocation Key Stage 4 Curriculum Timetable Allocation
Religious Education 12 English 20
Mathematics 20 Science - double or triple 24
Geography 12 History 12
German 12 Spanish 12
French 12 Design Technology - Food 12
Design Technology - Product Design 12 Art 12
Drama 12 Music 8
Media Studies 12 Computing 12
BTEC Sport 12 CAMNAT Media 12
CAMNAT Business 12 Personalised Learning Support -
Core PE 8

Key Stage 5

Success leading to the next chapter

Students study three A level, or equivalent qualifications, at Key Stage 5. We have invested extra curriculum time and teaching in the Key Stage 5 provision. This has allowed us to nurture, support and challenge our students to ensure they are successful at Key Stage 5. This can lead them on to further education and employment, up to 85% achieving their first choice university and one in four successfully applying for Russell group universities.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum
Philosophy and Ethics (RS) English Language English Literature Maths Economics
Music GCSE Maths Further Maths Core Maths Biology
Chemistry Business Music Technology Physics BTEC Applied Science
Art Photography BTEC Business Theater Studies Product Design
Geography History Government and Politics Psychology BTEC Performing Arts
BTEC Creative Media Production Film Studies Media Studies Physical Education Sociology
Health and Social Care French German Spanish BTEC Sport
Law GCSE English


Timetable Allocation
L3 (A Level) Subjects 22 BTEC Double Subject 44
L2 BTEC Sport 20 BTEC Single Subject 22
Core Maths 5 Sports Leaders 8
GCSE English 5 GCSE Maths 6

Want to know more?

For Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, please contact Mrs Homer (Assistant Head Teacher) by emailing shomer@stpaulscc.co.uk.
For Key Stage 5, please contact Mr Byrne (Deputy Head Teacher) by emailing pbyrne@stpaulscc.co.uk.