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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.

Further details of each subject can be found on the individual subject pages. Details of the different examination courses on offer at St Matthew’s are listed below.  

Examination Courses 2016/17

Subject

Examination Board

Subject

Examination Board

Art

 AQA 4201

 

Geography

AQA 9030

Business Studies

Applied GCSE 

Edexcel 2AB01

History

OCR J418

Computer Science

AQA 4512

 

ICT

Edexcel 2IT01

English Lang

Edexcel 1EN0

 

Media

 AQA 4801

English Lit

 WJEC C720Qs

 

Music

 AQA 4270

English 2nd Lang

iGCSE CIE

510

 

PE

Edexcel 2PE01

Maths

AQA 8300

 

RE

Edexcel 2RS01

D&T Food

AQA 4545

 

Science

AQA 4406

D&T Graphics

AQA 4550

 

Additional Science

AQA 4409

D&T Res Materials

AQA 4560

 

Further  Additional 

Science

AQA 4410

D&T Textiles

AQA 4570

 

Biology

AQA 4401

Drama

WJEC 4150

 

Chemistry

AQA 4402

French

AQA 4655

 

Physics

AQA 4403

German

AQA 4665

 

 

 

Arabic

Edexcel 2AR01

 

 

 

Italian

AQA 4630

 

 

 

Polish

AQA 4685

 

 

 

Spanish

AQA 4695

 

 

 

         

Other Examination Courses  2016/17 

 

 

 

Subject

Examination Board

 

 

 

Further Maths

Certificate AQA

8360

 

 

Science

ELC AQA

5948

 

 

 

Health & Social Care

BTEC Pearson

BLF75