God loves us and his desire for us to live well is expressed in and through His Wisdom. The intention of
our curriculum is to teach our students to become wise.
Wisdom is the acquisition of knowledge, craftsmanship and is expressed through good moral living. It is
acquired through diligence in study and through thoughtful reflection. A wise person will be resilient in
difficulties. They will seek and value different perspectives and therefore will be tolerant of those that
are different to them. They will be emotionally intelligent and will able to see themselves as part of a
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she
will watch over you.
The beginning of wisdom is this:
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
The school believes in the importance of developing a curriculum that
is enjoyable, encourages responsibility, builds self-esteem, demands high standards, enables achievement
and provides strong foundations for future learning. We summarise this as a curriculum which develops
wise students; our definition of wisdom encompasses knowledge acquisition, skill development and
personal moral development. The school is committed to the principles of equal value and equal
opportunity, supporting all students to achieve their greatest potential not just academically, but also
as creative, caring and responsible future adults.
The curriculum will have sufficient breadth, depth, balance and
flexibility to meet the needs of all our students, developing them intellectually, socially, culturally,
spiritually and morally.
The school will meet all the statutory requirements for the curriculum
and pay proper regard to legislation along with our own policies for, equal opportunities, special
educational needs, health and safety, and the safeguarding of our students.
In developing its curriculum, the school will be guided by the National
Curriculum and use its content and structure as the basis of our provision.
Our curriculum aims to:
- Provide all students with the opportunity not just to achieve but to excel.
- Be broad and balanced, with a focus on the core subjects of English, mathematics and science,
while ensuring that all students are encouraged to achieve in all National Curriculum subjects.
A key part of our provision is an entitlement for all to develop their skills and interests in
the arts and sport.
- As well as the common curriculum there will be personalised curriculum pathways. All pathways
will develop our students’ critical thinking skills and empower them as citizens, future
employees and individuals.
- Ensure that all Key Stage 4 students are able to pursue the English Baccalaureate (English,
Mathematics, Science, Humanity & Modern Foreign Language), they will also study Religion and
- For the small minority of students where an English Baccalaureate or equivalent pathway is
not appropriate, we will provide an alternative range of courses and options, enabling every
student to gain a sense of self-worth and achievement through engaging courses and options.
- Social, moral, spiritual and cultural development will be embedded throughout the curriculum.
- Political matters
- Partisan political views will not be promoted in the teaching of any subject in the
- Where political issues are bought to the attention of students, appropriate steps will
be taken to offer a balanced presentation of opposing views.
Each subject area has developed a programme of study to implement these curriculum aims. The
guiding principles for this implementation are:
- Clear progress across all seven years of the school alongside regular opportunities for
revisiting and securing prior learning
- Depth before breadth, maximising learning time in all subjects
- Additional curriculum time in English and Mathematics to develop these key skills for life
- Targeted support and additional challenge to ensure students make progress at least in line
with our expectations
- Engaging enrichment opportunities for all that are embedded in the classroom as well as beyond
- Relevance to the wider world and application to the world of work
In planning the curriculum, links between subjects will be developed and to support the
development of skills and the embedding of long-term recall of key knowledge
Subject Curriculum Intent