Curriculum Overview

The curriculum at Saint Bede's Catholic High School is designed to:

  • enable our students to experience a broad, balanced and enriching curriculum that offers continuity and coherence whilst achieving high standards. 
  • promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our pupils at the school and for our modern British society while preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
  • reflect that we are first and foremost a Catholic school, the development of our pupils is founded on our commitment to promote the Gospel values in all that we do and thus to enrich the lives of all in our faith community.
Structure

Pupils have access to a comprehensive and varied range of National Curriculum subjects taught by specialist subject staff.The curriculum is organised through a departmental structure alongside a pastoral system based around year groups Year 7-Year 11 in which the pupils are organised into six forms per year group. The departmental framework is as follows: 

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science (including Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
  • Modern Foreign Languages (including French and Spanish)
  • History 
  • Geography 
  • Design & Technology (Resistant Materials, Food Technology)
  • ICT and Computing
  • Art
  • Performing Arts (Drama and Music)
  • Physical Education
  • Special Educational Needs      

Specific information about the programmes of study for each subject for each school year can be accessed by clicking on each subject in the menu bar.

Our school timetable is organised over two week blocks with each week being designated Week A or Week B. There are 25 teaching periods for all year groups.

key stage 3

Number of lessons per fortnight:

Subject Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Religious Education 4 4 4
English 8 9 8
Mathematics 8 8 8
Science 6 6 6
French 4 4 4
History 4 4 5
Geography 4 4 4
Design Technology/Music 4 4 4
ICT and Computing 2 0 0
Art 2 2 2
Physical Education 4 4 4
Drama (as a discrete subject) 0 0 1
Media 0 1 0

Most students follow a similar pattern in Years 7, 8 and 9 to enable all pupils to experience the full range of academic subjects before making their options choices in the spring term of Year 9.

Currently pupils have commenced their GCSE programmes of study for Religious Education, English Language/Literature and Mathematics at the start of year 9 to meet the increased demands of the new specifications for those subjects.

key stage 4

Number of lessons per fortnight:

Subject Year 10 Year 11
Core Subjects:    
Religious Education 5 5
English 8 8
Mathematics 8 8
Science  12 12
Ebacc:    
French, Spanish, History, Geography, Computer Science, Study Skills 5 5
Other options (2):    

French,  Business Studies, Music, Art, Physical Education, VCert

5 5

History, Product Design, Business Studies, Electronic Products, Food and Nutrition, Art, Photography, Drama, 

5 5

In addition pupils will also have one hour of Core Physical Education and will study Citizenship, PSHE and Computing at various times throughout the year.

Challenge Weeks

Our two Challenge Weeks greatly enrich the curriculum through the exciting and diverse range of learning opportunities they provide. Pupils are able to: acquire new skills; develop new areas of knowledge and work with a wider range of pupils and adults. Further information can be found on the Challenge Weeks page of this website.

Progression

All students follow a similar pattern in Years 7, 8 and 9 to enable all pupils to experience the full range of academic subjects before making their options choices in the spring term of Year 9. At the time of writing, (June 2016) pupils will commence their GCSE programmes of study for Religious Education, English Language/Literature and Mathematics at the start of Year 9 to meet the increased demands of the new specifications for those subjects.

Citizenship and PSHE are delivered through areas of study in a range of academic subjects as well as through separate sessions led by form tutors and visiting specialist staff.

The government’s requirement for us to promote and teach British values is an integral element in our distinctive ‘Being a Bede’ approach in which mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs are embedded into our everyday lives at school. Teaching about democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law is delivered through Citizenship.

During Year 9, staff, parents and students are engaged in agreeing the best course of study to be followed in Years 10 and 11. Guidance for pupils is provided through: assemblies; activities in Citizenship; a meeting for parents and the provision of a booklet containing full information about the courses available in Year 10 and Year 11. We also hold an annual ’Choices’ evening at which post-16 providers, universities and employers provide advice on the future choices available for our pupils.