We regard our school as being one that has the moral imperative to provide an excellent education to the children from our local community. This means that we have provision that is appropriate for children from a broad demographic. We provide all our pupils with a curriculum that will maximise their life chances and will allow them progression to the college, university and career of choice. We regards ourselves as a truly comprehensive school with a truly inclusive education for all of our children tailored to their abilities and prior progress and which will provide them with challenge and give every opportunity to them to succeed in life.
Our curriculum planning responds to our school context and our pupils’ needs by:
· Introducing and embedding the core values of the College and the teachings of Christ and the Universal Church
· Having a pragmatic structure to best meet the learning needs of our current pupils within available resources
· Listening to the views of staff, parents and pupils in how the curriculum and learning are structured.
· Realising our aspiration to ensure all pupils acquire a broad and balanced curriculum, alongside a recognition that self-esteem, motivation and success are also significantly supported by an element of guided choice and specialisation as pupils make progress towards external examinations
· Providing increased study time to enable pupils to have a deep mastery of the content of subjects they study at GCSE to maximise their potential for a successful transition to post-16 education, training or employment
· Developing a process to evolve and develop the curriculum as the needs of our children and the expertise of our staff change over time
· Maximising pupils’ time with us and using all opportunities to teach our young people, both inside and outside of the classroom, the skills they need to be successful and inspired.
Our Catholic ethos is central to everything we do as a school at the heart of our community. We follow 10% curriculum time during which pupils’ study Catholic Christianity alongside Judaism at key stage 4. At key stage 3, pupils follow The Way, The Truth and The Life and explore other world faith traditions. Our Catholic curriculum is truly inclusive and includes aspects of the RSE curriculum.
We have extensive literacy provision which stretches our most able pupils and provides support to those pupils who need it. We provide the most able pupils with literacy stretch and challenge resources so that they can access more challenging aspects of the curriculum and GCSEs. Some of our pupils have low literacy skills on entry, which can present them with a future challenge when accessing their GCSEs. Within our curriculum we offer an array of catch-up resources to help overcome these barriers and on average pupils make 9 months additional progress when joining All Saints in the first two terms.
As a school we aim to give all our pupils’ access to the cultural experiences vital to them in life. We also link these experiences with our curriculum to deepen pupils’ knowledge and understanding of what they are learning. Some pupils require support to access experiences available to children in more advantaged areas. We work tirelessly to provide a broad, deep and balanced curriculum to all our pupils, including wider experiences. We review our provision regularly to ensure all pupils have access to the wide range of opportunities available to support and deepen their learning.
Our curriculum will be structured so that no pupil is prevented from pursuing a course or programme based on their gender, ability, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. All are welcomed at All Saints and we show love for all our family. Pupils with disabilities or special educational needs will, as far as is possible, be provided with reasonable adjustments to enable them to access an ambitious and relevant curriculum.