We are a part of the Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust, a faith-based educational community that is dedicated to undertaking a key active role in the life of all our local parishes. As a part of this caring trust we are determined to the pursuit of academic excellence, alongside the spiritual and moral development of our pupils.
Our curriculum is taught in a 2 week cycle with 49 x 1 hour lessons for Years 7-10. Year 11 currently have an additional lesson on Tuesday-Friday and therefore have 56 lessons over the cycle.
Key Stage 3
At St Peter’s, KS3 is currently delivered across the first two years of secondary schooling, with students selecting GCSE pathways at the end of Year 8. This is under review and it is expected that from September 2020, Key Stage 3 will follow a 3 year curriculum model.
The vast majority of students in Y7 and Y8 experience all of our subjects to ensure they have a breadth of knowledge and the foundations of great progress and a successful future. Where there is an adapted curriculum model for some students, it is designed around their transition and SEND provision as part of the enhanced transition programme to ensure their secondary readiness.
Our curriculum is designed around ensuring students are fluent in the fundamentals of English, Maths and Science and experience cultural, moral, spiritual and creative opportunities through all of our subjects so that they develop as a well rounded student prepared to face the challenges of living, learning and working in modern Britain.
Subjects delivered in Year 7 and 8:
Maths, English, Science, RE, History, Geography, French, Art, Design Technology, Catering, Computer science, Music and PE.
Toward the end of KS3 students receive dedicated 1:1 careers information advice and guidance and select the options they want to study at KS4. These options are based on their attainment over time and their aspirations for their future.
We have a range of pathways at KS4 to suit all students; these are decided on a student-to-student basis in collaboration with students, parents and our Directors of Progress.
Currently, our most academic pathway sees student studying triple sciences alongside English, Maths, RE, a choice of History or Geography, and a modern foreign language. All other students will study dual science alongside English, Maths, RE and a choice of History, Geography or Travel & Tourism.
In addition, students currently choose from a range of subjects such as BTEC Music, GCSE Art, BTEC Sport, GCSE Catering, GCSE Computer Science, Cambridge National ICT, GCSE Design Technology or GCSE Graphics.
We also arrange a small number of alternative, bespoke, pathways for students who plan to move into employment sooner with work placements, short courses and skills based learning.
PSHE is delivered across Key Stage 3 & 4 through weekly tutorial sessions and dedicated half termly interventions.