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.

Curriculum Review

At SPWT we feel it is vital that parents and carers are able to access information on the curriculum across all years. In order to help ensure that this is in the most effective way the school is conducting a consultation with parents about what curriculum information would be most useful and how best to present it. If you would like to contribute to this process please contact our Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for Curriculum, Firdusi Uddin, via email.

 Our Curriculum

Students in all years follow a timetable over two weeks of 60 lessons (30 per week).

All lessons in years 9, 10, 11 and the sixth form consist of ‘double’ periods lasting 100 minutes. Lessons in year 7 and 8 are a mixture of 50 minute and 100 minute lessons.

The 100 minute lesson structure was embedded following some substantial changes to GCSEs and A levels. These changes increased the challenge of the courses and so extended lessons were introduced to allow students to engage more deeply with their lessons.

For students the 100 minutes will also allow the following to be achieved;

  • To build confidence so that you are able to cope with longer written examinations following the move away from modular testing to terminal examinations.  

  • To develop greater independence, resilience and literacy skills.

  • To provide more curriculum time by reducing the total weekly transition time between lessons.

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 half day of Science as a 'Fara-day' each fortnight in order to complete extended investigations. All students 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 and some study Latin alongside either French or Spanish. Students also study the humanities as the separate subjects of Geography, History and RE with Citizenship taught across all of these areas. A small number of delicate learners study a combined curriculum with fewer teacher until they are ready to join mainstream classes at the end of Year 7.

  English Maths Science PE Geography History RE Modern Languages Art Drama Music Technology Computing
Y7 9 8 8 4 3 3 3 8 3 3 3 2 3

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. 

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 Geography History RE Modern Languages Art Drama Music Technology Computing
Y8 9 8 8 4 4 4 2 8 3 3 3 2 2
Y9 8 8 8 4 4 4 6 8 2 2 2 2 2

Year 10 and 11

Students study a core curriculum of 36 lessons in Year 10 and Year 11. 

In the core lessons every student studies for GCSEs in English Language, English Literature, Maths and RE (with RE exams taken at the end of Year 10). All students study for a GCSE in at least double Science. Approximately one quarter of students choose triple science as one of their option subjects meaning that they study Physics, Chemistry and Biology as separate subjects gaining 3 Science GCSEs.

Core Curriculum

  English Maths Science PE RE
Y10 8 8 12 2 6
Y11 10 12 12 2 0


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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