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Curriculum

 

Inspiring Pathways

St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy has developed a curriculum which is both innovative and stimulating and which offers every student the chance to develop their full potential in accordance with their talents, interests and ambitions.

Our broad and challenging curriculum reflects St Philip Howards commitment to encouraging confident, independent learners. Our curriculum gives opportunities to gain qualifications and the life skills they need to become successful young adults .

Our wide range of subjects enables every student to follow a programme of study that will enable them to achieve their full potential. Whilst the strong pastoral programme helps to remove the barriers to learning to help this process.

 

A Partnership for learning

At St Philip Howard, our aim is to help our students achieve their full potential and to meet every individuals academic, personal and social needs.

We promote confident aspiration and seek to raise attainment for our students, creating confident, independent learners. As part of this positive atmosphere we expect students to wear the school uniform and insist on good discipline.

We are proud of the excellent partnerships which exist between students, staff, parents, governors, and the community and place a great deal of emphasis on establishing good home-school links; encouraging parents to play a full and active role in supporting St Philip Howards work.

 

The Curriculum

St Philip Howard catholic voluntary academy operates a wide- ranging and well balanced curriculum that has been especially tailored to reflect the personal learning styles, interests, aspirations and abilities of our students. The range of learning on offer encompasses the classic academic subjects, as well as the arts, GCSEs and BTEC courses. This broad spectrum of options helps ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential within a happy, positive learning environment.

St Philip Howard operates a two week timetable, with each day consisting of five one-hour lessons. Each day begins with a 15 minute tutorial period in tutor groups with every student having a personal tutor to provide academic and personal development support.

Each tutor group belongs to a house; Challenge, Courage, Endeavour or Determination. alongside these groups we often run specific intervention tutor groups for students who require additional input. These can be for a period of a few weeks or last the whole year. There are many inter-tutor competitions to encourage students to participate and enjoy school activities.

Students follow timetables which consist of the following lessons over two weeks:

 

Year 7 and Year 8

 

Subject

Number of timetabled hours.

English

8

Maths

8

Science

6

MFL (French and Spanish)

5/4

RE

5

History

3

Geography

3

Physical Education

4

Computer Science

2

Technology (DT, Food Preparation, Music)

4

Drama

1

Art

2

 

Where a student's Key Stage 2 SAT scores are low for Maths and English, additional literacy and numeracy lessons will be provided in place of a Modern Foreign Language.

In key Stage 3 Students are grouped into 4 ability groups.

Additional support is provided for students who have special educational needs.

Towards the end of Year 8 students undergo the 'Guided Pathways' process. in close consultation with their Head of Year, subject teachers and parents/carers, students are placed in appropriate courses to enable then to follow differing pathways that reflect their interests, abilities and aspirations for possible future paths.

 

Year 9, 10 and Year 11

Subject

Number of timetabled hours.

English Language and Literature

9

Maths

8

Science

9

RE

5

Option A

5

Option B

5

Option C

5

Core PE

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Option subjects currently include:

  • Art
  •  Computer Science
  •  Drama
  •  Engineering
  •  French
  •  Food Preparation
  •  Geography
  •  Health and Social Care
  •  History
  •  Music
  •  Performing Arts
  • Physical Education
  •  Spanish
  •  BTEC Sport

 

The curriculum policy can be found by clicking here. ​​​​