Curriculum Religious Education
As a Catholic school, religious teachings run through all that we do. We have a chapel and a chaplain and students regularly take part in prayers, mass, religious retreats and charitable activities.
A good grasp of RE and ethics is particularly useful to those students who wish to join the police force, become a nurse or a social worker.
Key Stage 3
Students follow the national curriculum.
Key Stage 4
Our GCSE course is split into two units which are studied over two years. The first examines beliefs and sources of authority in Roman Catholicism, the second looks at tradition and Christian lifestyles and behaviour. Assessment is via examinations only. GCSE studies can begin in year 9, those students that attain a GCSE in year 10 will then complete the NOCN general RE course.
Key Stage 5
All students who attend our sixth form take part in our RE programme. The course is an hour a week and during that time students explore issues such as morality, faith, community, justice and world religions.
We offer an A Level in philosophy and ethics. Topics covered during this course include Ancient Greek influences on religion, medical ethics, war, free will and the nature of God. Philosophy raises important questions about us and our place in the world. Assessment is via examination only.
LIST OF SUBJECTSART
COMPUTING & ICT
MEDIA & FILM STUDIES
PHILOSOPHY & ETHICS
RELATIONSHIPS / SEX EDUCATION
The headteacher provides strong leadership to the school. Newly appointed senior leaders have strengthened the school's capacity to improve outcomes for all pupils.
The leadership of teaching is good. The quality of teaching is improving quickly; professional development is a strong feature of the school.
Progress in modern foreign languages is outstanding.
Teachers build strong relationships with pupils to aid learning.
Learners in the sixth form achieve well and the provision is very well led and managed.
The school promotes pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development effectively.
Pupils have an excellent understanding of British values and the nature of life in modern Britain.
The school provides good care and support to pupils. It works effectively with other services to keep vulnerable pupils safe.
Pupils receive high-quality careers guidance and advice.