Curriculum


At St Wilfrid’s, we strive to provide a curriculum that enables our students to ‘Live life to the full.’ Their experiences both inside and outside of lessons enables our students to develop holistically. Through knowledge acquisition, students understand more about the way in which the world works, whilst through the process of learning they develop both their thinking and character. Our Christian and British values are interwoven throughout our teaching so that students learn to value themselves and others.

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We provide a rigorous academic and vocational curriculum that is accessible, enriching and challenging. It prepares students for their examinations and their life beyond the Academy. Through inspirational teaching, our students develop the knowledge and the disciplinary thinking within each academic subject. This develops their skills and understanding so that they are ready for employment. Students’ resilience is fostered through stretching teaching and through our diverse extra-curricular programme. We encourage students to use new technologies within the classroom, so that they are accustomed to adapting to a society where technological changes is the norm.

Our teachers are highly skilled and understand how to develop students so that they are ready for the next phase of their education. As we refine our curriculum, we review ‘What is taught and how?’, we are modifying our programmes of study so that students gain a deeper understanding and love of their subjects. Assessment is used effectively to identify student performance at each stage against our expectations and to inform the necessary actions in order to support students in their next steps. Reading is a fundamental skill for learning; at Key Stage 3 we regularly assess the reading age of students and appropriate intervention is deployed that quickly addresses gaps. Literacy and numeracy are embedded throughout the curriculum, so that our students develop these essential skills for life.

Through the coherent programme of personal, health, social and economic education, we develop confident and safe citizens who are advocates of change. Students identify the pathways that they find appropriate, fulfilling and rewarding through our co-ordinated approach to Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance.

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We are still currently updating the details of our curriculum page.

Further content for each subject will be available soon. 

Key Stage 3

All of our students study a broad range of subjects that develop knowledge and skills in traditional academic subjects alongside a broad range of creative and artistic subjects.

 

Core Subjects Humanities Creativity and Exploration Special Provision
English French Art Access Group
Maths Geography Computer Science
Science History Design Technology
RE Learning for Life
PE Music

GCSE Foundation Year

Students start their GCSEs in Year 9. All students choose four options. This gives them time to explore a broader range of subjects.

Key Stage 4

Students reduce their options by 1 subject in Years 10 and 11. This gives them more curriculum time to concentrate on their final choices, thus gaining greater depth of knowledge and understanding.

 

Core Subjects GCSE Options Vocational Options Special Provision
English Language Art Creative iMedia Event Operations
English Literature Computer Science Child Development
Mathematics Design Technology Enterprise and Marketing
Science Trilogy Drama Sport
RE Food Technology  
PE French
  Geography  
  History  
  Music  
  Photography  
  Separate Science  
  Sports Studies  

Key Stage 5

In Sixth Form, we provide students with a range of A-Levels and vocational courses that prepare students for academic life at a university or in a Higher Apprenticeship Pathway. Students choose at least 3 courses. Please see our prospectus.

 

A-Levels Vocational Courses Additional Courses
Art Applied Science Enrichment
Biology Business EPQ
Business Studies Health and Social Care Maths AS-Level
Chemistry English or Maths GCSE resit for students not achieving a Level 4
Computer Science RE
Drama HE+
English Language  
English Literature   
French  
Geography  
History  
Law  
Mathematics / Further Mathematics    
Media Studies    
Music    
Photography    
Physics    
Product Design    
Psychology    
RE    
Sociology    
Textiles