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Curriculum Overview

Purpose of our Curriculum

Our aim is to offer a diverse and balanced curriculum accessible to all learners. We endeavour to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and virtues which are necessary for every learners to fulfil their God given talents and follow their desired path. Our curriculum prepares learners for further education, employment or training but also prepares them to be:

  • ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives
  • enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work
  • ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world
  • healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.

We wholeheartedly believe that our curriculum is pivotal in forming virtuous individuals that embody all aspects of our Catholic Pupil Profile. We take every opportunity to ensure that all learners, regardless of ability, make the best progress possible and achieve the highest standards in all subjects and qualifications.

We endeavour to narrow the gaps in achievement and our ALNCo works closely with all departments, in order to support students so that they all have access to the curriculum. The school challenges more able and talented students so that they achieve their full potential and their progress is sustained and enhanced.

Curriculum Organisation

Key Stage Three

At key stage 3 (Years 7 – 9) the school curriculum consists of Core subjects (English, Welsh, mathematics, science and religious education) and  Non-core subjects (Modern foreign languages, design technology, ICT, history, geography, art, music, physical education, PSE). Learners are encouraged to apply their interdisciplinary skills in a range of subject area, particularly focusing on the development of Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Competence.

Alongside subject specific assessments, all learners sit the National Government Numeracy and Reading Tests (NGNRT) in Years 7, 8 and 9. These follow on from testing in KS1 and KS2 and aim to provide learners, parents and teachers formative information to understand and improve procedural numeracy, numerical reasoning and reading ability.

Key Stage Four

At key stage 4 (Years 10 – 11) the school curriculum consists of Compulsory subjects, made up of the following, English language and English literature, Welsh second language, mathematics: numeracy, mathematics, science, religious education, physical education and Welsh Baccalaureate.

Alongside their compulsory subject, learners will select from a broad range of Option Subjects. This offering develops year on year to ensure that we are offering subjects tailored to the current cohort. More information about the option subjects available can be found in the Key Stage 4 Options Prospectus.

All subject areas are assessed formally in Key Stage Four and through varying methods. This may include Coursework, Controlled Assessment Tasks, Written Examination, Oral Examinations or Non-Exam Assessments. The assessment methods are tailored to each qualification and may have varying weightings.

Sixth Form

At key stage 5 (Sixth Form) the school curriculum consists of a broad range option subjects and the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification (WBQ). We strive to offer a competitive variety of qualifications and ensure the highest standards of teaching. Our Sixth Form is highly successful and sits within in the top 5% nationally (ALPS 2019). All subject areas are assessed formally and lead to a formal qualification that can support progression into further education, employment or training.

More information about the option subjects available can be found in the Key Stage 5 Options Prospectus.

2022 Curriculum for Wales