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.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum (Years 7-9)
At Key Stage Three, students study a broad and balanced curriculum, in order:
- to introduce them to the best that has been thought and said;
- to help them to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement, beyond their experience;
- to develop sufficient knowledge and skills that are needed for future opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in life.
Literacy and Numeracy are embedded across all subjects. The English and Maths curriculum are aligned with the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum, to ensure that students build on their previous knowledge. 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, 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. A small number of delicate learners study a combined curriculum with fewer teachers until they are ready to join mainstream classes at the end of Year 7.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum (Year 10-11)
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 a pupil will stay on in full-time education
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 3 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 ‘Y9 Pathways’ Booklet, in the ‘Curriculum and Progression’ tab on the school website.
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.
Our curriculum booklets outline the way subjects are taught at SPWT.