Learning

Curriculum

At St Matthew’s RC High School we are committed to developing the full potential of every individual, regardless of culture, race, religion, disability, or special need. We encourage all pupils to embrace the many varied learning opportunities that are provided both in the classroom and outside it whilst developing an enthusiasm for learning that remains with them for life.

All pupils have access to a broad and balanced range of courses relevant to their needs. The curriculum aims to fulfil the legal requirements of the National Curriculum and RE with pathways which are developed at Key Stages 4 to offer a more personalised curriculum that is pupil focused and flexible. The curriculum promotes the differentiation of learning and teaching through setting/banding of pupils according to ability, supporting the least able whilst stretching and challenging the most able.

In addition to timetabled lessons, there are a range of extra-curricular activities (clubs, study visits, enrichment programmes and charity projects) and other planned experiences to enhance the curriculum offer.

During form time pupils take part in a range of activities to support, numeracy, aspects of personal, social and health education (PSHE), citizenship and careers guidance. The tutor programme supports the development of high standards of ethics and behaviour by pupils, within and outside school, by showing tolerance of and respect for the rights of others; as well as a deepening understanding of fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Key Stage 3

Pupils follow a common curriculum consisting of RE (including aspects of citizenship and personal social and health education), English, Mathematics, Science, Design Technology, Humanities, Art, Music, French/German, Computer Science, and PE. In Design Technology all pupils work with a wide variety of materials such as wood, metal, plastic, food and fabric.

Key Stage 4

Pupils follow a common curriculum consisting of RE, English, Mathematics, Science and PE. The common curriculum occupies 33 periods out of a 50 period week. Pupils are allowed to choose 3 option subjects for the remaining 17 hours. Pupils are provided with guidance so that they make choices that allow for progression beyond St Matthew’s.

 

Year 11 GCSE Examination Courses 2018/2019

 Subject   

Examination

Code

Grade

Art

GCSE AQA

8201

9-1

Health and Social Care

BTEC Tech Award Pearson

YNX74

 Dis* - Pass

Business Studies

GCSE OCR

J204

9-1

Computer Science

GCSE OCR

J276

9-1

Craft Design and Technology

NCFE Certificate

601/0489/2

Dis* - Pass

Drama

GCSE Eduqas

C690QS

9-1

Food and Nutrition

GCSE Eduqas

C560P1

9-1

Materials Technology

NCFE Certificate

 

9-1

Textiles

GCSE AQA

8552

9-1

English Language

AQA

8700

9-1

English Literature

GCSE Eduqas

C720QS

9-1

French

GCSE AQA

8658

9-1

Geography

GCSE AQA

8035

9-1

German

GCSE AQA

8668

9-1

History

GCSE AQA

8145

9-1

Information Technology

CIDA Pearson

600/6627/1

Dis* - Credit

Maths

GCSE AQA

8300

9-1

Media

BTEC Tech Award Pearson

ZYM69

 Dis* - Pass

Music

GCSE AQA

8271

9-1

Physical Education

GCSE OCR

J587

9-1

Religious Education

GCSE Eduqas

C120P

9-1

Science Trilogy

GCSE AQA

8464

9-1

Biology

GCSE AQA

8461

9-1

Chemistry

GCSE AQA

8462

9-1

Physics

GCSE AQA

8463

9-1

 

Year 10 GCSE Examination Courses 2018/2019

 Subject   

Examination

Code

Grade

Travel & Tourism

BTEC Tech Award Pearson

603/3038/7

Dis* - Pass

Information Technology

NCFE Certificate

603/0852/7

Dis* - Pass

Business Studies

BTEC Tech Award Pearson

603/1916/1

Dis* - Pass

Physical Education

OCR National

J803

Dis* - Pass

Art

GCSE AQA

8201

9-1

Health and Social Care

BTEC Tech Award Pearson

YNX74

 Dis* - Pass

Computer Science

GCSE OCR

J276

9-1

Drama

GCSE Eduqas

C690QS

9-1

Food and Nutrition

GCSE Eduqas

C560P1

9-1

Materials Technology

NCFE Certificate

 

9-1

Textiles

GCSE AQA

8552

9-1

English Language

AQA

8700

9-1

English Literature

GCSE Eduqas

C720QS

9-1

French

GCSE AQA

8658

9-1

Geography

GCSE AQA

8035

9-1

German

GCSE AQA

8668

9-1

History

GCSE AQA

8145

9-1

Maths

GCSE AQA

8300

9-1

Media

BTEC Tech Award Pearson

ZYM69

 Dis* - Pass

Music

GCSE AQA

8271

9-1

Religious Education

GCSE Eduqas

C120P

9-1

Science Trilogy

GCSE AQA

8464

9-1

Biology

GCSE AQA

8461

9-1

Chemistry

GCSE AQA

8462

9-1

Physics

GCSE AQA

8463

9-1

Visit the examination board websites for more information on any of these qualifications. You can also visit our curriculum area pages for more information about our KS4 schemes of work.