Curriculum Statement

The St Paul's Way Graduate

At St Paul's Way Trust School, we expect each of our graduates to be fully prepared for the opportunities and demands of the adult world. During each child's school career we place strong emphasis on six key areas: Communication, Investigation, Networking, Participation, Scholarship and Vision. It is because students learn to excel in these areas that they gain the confidence to become successful global citizens.

Our undergraduate curriculum is the result of very close work with two of our Trustees: Queen Mary, University of London and King's College, London. It is precisely because of our unique relationship with these Higher Education institutions, alongside Warwick University and the University of East London, that we are able to provide this exciting, relevant and robust learning experience.


Our Curriculum

Students in all years follow a timetable over two weeks of 50 lessons (25 per week). Lessons last one hour Monday to Thursday and 50 minutes on Friday.

Subjects are allocated in order to give students the best possible springboard for success as they move towards graduation from the school at the end of Year 13.

Year 7

In Year 7, students study a broad and balanced curriculum with development of Literacy and Numeracy at its core. Students take part in one full day of Science (a 'Fara-day') each fortnight in order to complete extended investigations. They take up the study of a modern foreign language. Most study either French or Spanish. A small number of Bengali speakers begin study for a GCSE in Bengali at the end of Year 9. Students have one teacher for Humanities, which is an introduction to Geography, History, RE and Citizenship. A small number of delicate learners study a combined curriculum with one teacher until they are ready to join mainstream classes at the end of Year 7.

  English Maths Science PE Humanities Modern Languages Art Drama Music Technology ICT
Y7 7 7 10 4 6 5 3 2 2 2 2

Year 8 and 9

In Years 8 and 9, students begin their preparation for 'guided pathways' into Key Stage 4. There is continued emphasis on the subjects which will enable students to go on to achieve the English Baccalaureate. In Year 9, all students begin RE GCSE which they will complete at the end of Year 10. History and Geography are studied separately with specialist teachers.

In Years 8 and 9, students also have access to the school's Business Curriculum. For example, Year 8 takes part in Money Skills sessions with Barclays Bank. Students network with business volunteers and visit places of work, such banks in Canary Wharf.

  English Maths Science PE History Geography RE Modern Languages Art Drama Music Technology ICT
Y8 7 7 7 4 3 3 2 6 3 2 2 2 2
Y9 7 7 7 4 3 3 2 6 3 2 2 2 2

Year 10 and 11

Students study a core curriculum of 32 lessons in Year 10 and 28 in Year 11. In these lessons every student studies for GCSEs in English Language, English Literature, Maths and RE (at the end of Year 10). All students study for a GCSE in at least double Science. Approximately one third of students in each year study Physics, Chemistry and Biology as 'Triple Science'.

Core Curriculum

  English Maths Science PE RE
Y10 8 7 11 2 4
Y11 8 7 11 2 0

Guided Pathways

For the remaining lessons, students are guided towards a range of 'pathways' which are most suited to their skills and attributes. The aim is that all students study a broad and balanced curriculum, but that the curriculum is tailored meet the needs and aspirations of each individual student. All students can choose subjects which will enable them to pass the English Baccalaureate.

English Baccalaureate Pathway – students study Triple Science, a modern language, History or Geography and one additional subject. These students will all aim to pass the English Baccalaureate.

Arts Pathway – students study Art, and choose two additional subjects. There is a wide range of Performing and Visual Arts subjects on offer at GCSE level, including Music, Photography, Textiles, Drama, Dance and Technology subjects.

Applied Pathway – students study either ICT (National Award) or Geography, and then two additional subjects from a range including Business Studies (BTEC) and Hospitality and Catering.

Study Support Pathway – students follow a programme of study support for Special Educational Needs, Deaf Support or English as an additional Language and choose two additional subjects.

The curriculum is enhanced in Years 10 and 11 by a rich Business programme. All students study for a L2 BTEC in Work Skills, linked to a programme of Work Experience and Interview Skills. Students network with business volunteers, and take part in personal development workshops such as the 'I Can Do It' programme sponsored by the Renaissance Foundation.


Personal Development Curriculum

Our ‘Personal Development’ programme seeks to equip pupils with the skills required for a safe, healthy and well informed lifestyle within a modern British society. Developing within pupils a sound understanding of risk and the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.

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