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 2017/2018

Subject
Examination
Code
Grade
Art    GCSE AQA                   8201                          9-1            
Health and Social Care BTEC Edexcel BLF75 Dis*-Pass
Business Studies Applied GCSE Pearson 2AB01 A*-G
Computer Science GCE AQA 8520  9-1
Craft Design and Technology          NCFE Certificate 601/0489/2 Dis* - Pass
Drama GCSE Eduqas C690QS  9-1
DT Food GCSE AQA 4545 A*-G
DT Graphics GCSE AQA 4550 A*-G
DT Resistant Materials GCSE AQA 4560 A*-G
DT Textiles GCSE AQA 4570 A*-G
English Language GCSE Pearson 1EN0 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 Applied GCSE Pearson 2IT01 9-1
Maths GCSE AQA 8300 9-1
Music GCSE AQA 8721 9-1
Physical Education GCSE OCR J587 9-1
Religious Education GCSE Eduqas C120P 9-1
Science Combined GCSE AQA 8464 9-1

Year 10 GCSE Examination Courses 2017/2018

 Subject   
                  Examination                         
               Code                 
           Grade               
Art GCSE AQA 8201 9-1
Health and Social Care BTEC Tech Award Pearson YNX74  Dis* - Pass
Business Studies GCSE Pearson 1BS0 9-1
Computer Science GCSE AQA 8520 9-1
Craft Design and Technology            NCFE Certificate 601/0489/2 Dis* - Pass
Drama                                            GCSE Eduqas C690QS 9-1
Food and Nutrition GCSE AQA 8585 9-1
Materials Technology GCSE AQA 8552 9-1
Textiles GCSE AQA 8552 9-1
English Language GCSE Pearson 1EN0 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 Tech Award AQA 3735 Dis* - Credit
Maths GCSE AQA 8300 9-1
Media BTEC First Award Pearson FYT14  Dis* - Pass
Music GCSE AQA 8271 9-1
Physical Education GCSE OCR J587 9-1
Religious Education GCSE Eduqas C120P 9-1
Science Combined GCSE AQA 8464 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.