Curriculum

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.

Aims

The taught curriculum at St Paul’s Way Trust School is united around our Scholarship graduate strand, and the concept of “Powerful Knowledge for Global Citizens”. Students study a broad and balanced curriculum, in order to:

  • learn the best knowledge and skills, as defined by the subject community;
  • develop their literacy and numeracy;
  • develop their cultural, social, moral, mental and physical development;
  • build their character;
  • develop the knowledge and skills that are needed for future opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in life;
  • have high expectations for their behaviour and achievement.

Our taught curriculum uses the National Curriculum as its baseline, to ensure that all children are taught the essential knowledge in the key subject disciplines. Subject-specific content is carefully tracked to ensure that students have covered all areas of non-statutory Key Stage Four subjects by the end of Year 9.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum (Years 7-9)

Literacy and Numeracy

Literacy and Numeracy are embedded across all subjects. The English and Maths curriculum are aligned with the Key Stage Two National Curriculum, to ensure that students build on their previous knowledge.

Catch-up Premium funding is used to ensure that students are supported to achieve the expected standards in English and Maths.

Broad and Balanced

All students take up the study of a modern foreign language. Most study either French or Spanish, and a small number study Bengali. Some study Latin alongside either French or Spanish.

Students study the Humanities as the separate subjects of Geography, History and RE. In Year 9, all students begin RE GCSE, which they complete at the end of Year 10. 

All students study Art, Music and Drama, and Technology is taught as a carousel of Health and Catering, Graphics and Product Design, with one taught per term.

Nurture Group

A small number of delicate learners study a combined curriculum in Years 7 to 9. The curriculum is designed to  build students skills in literacy and numeracy and is delivered by a SEND trained teacher as well as by mainstream teachers. The group is reviewed regularly and students may join mainstream classes when they are ready.

Timetabling and allocations

Subject

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

English

9

9

8

Maths

8

8

8

Science

8

8

8

PE

4

4

4

Geography

3

4

4

History

3

4

4

RE

3

2

6

MFL

8

8

8

Art

3

3

2

Drama

3

3

2

Music

3

3

2

Technology

2

2

2

Computing

3

2

2

Key Stage 4 Curriculum (Year 10-11)

Aims

At Key Stage Four, the vast majority of students choose GCSE Options which ensure that they qualify for the EBacc (see below, Key Stage Four Pathways). This is in order:

  • to provide students with greater opportunities in further education
  • to increase the likelihood that students will stay on in full-time education

Broad and Balanced

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 Combined 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 three Science GCSEs.

Key Stage 4 Pathways

English Baccalaureate (EBacc) Pathway: This pathway is recommended for the majority of students. It provides a balanced curriculum that will leave options open for A-levels, university and careers. One Humanities subject (Geography or History) and one language (Bengali, French, Latin or Spanish) must be chosen. Any third and fourth subject can then be chosen.

Faraday EBacc Pathway: This is for students who have a particular interest and ability in science. Biology, Chemistry and Physics are studied as three separate GCSEs. To follow this pathway a student must be recommended by their Science teacher. A Humanities subject and Language must also be chosen.

Blended Pathway: You may wish to create a different pathway choosing one subject from each block, This will be discussed carefully with your form tutor and Year Team Leader, to ensure that a balanced curriculum is achieved.

To view all subjects available to study at KS4, please refer to the Year 9 Pathways Booklet.

Timetabling and allocations

 

English

Maths

Science

PE

RE

Each GCSE Option

Y10

8

8

12

2

6

6

Y11

10

12

12

2

0

6

Timetabling and Allocations

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

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

Curriculum Booklets

Our curriculum booklets outline the way subjects are taught at SPWT.

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