Curriculum

At St Matthew’s RC High School we are committed to developing the full potential of every individual, regardless of culture, race, religion, disability, or special need. We encourage all pupils to embrace the many varied learning opportunities that are provided both in the classroom and outside it whilst developing an enthusiasm for learning that remains with them for life.

All pupils have access to a broad and balanced range of courses relevant to their needs. The curriculum aims to fulfil the legal requirements of the National Curriculum and RE with pathways which are developed at Key Stages 4 to offer a more personalised curriculum that is pupil focused and flexible. The curriculum promotes the differentiation of learning and teaching through setting/banding of pupils according to ability, supporting the least able whilst stretching and challenging the most able.

In addition to timetabled lessons, there are a range of extra-curricular activities (clubs, study visits, enrichment programmes and charity projects) and other planned experiences to enhance the curriculum offer.

During form time pupils take part in a range of activities to support, numeracy, aspects of personal, social and health education (PSHE), citizenship and careers guidance. The tutor programme supports the development of high standards of ethics and behaviour by pupils, within and outside school, by showing tolerance of and respect for the rights of others; as well as a deepening understanding of fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8)

Pupils follow a common curriculum consisting of RE (including aspects of citizenship and personal social and health education), English, Mathematics, Science, Design Technology, Humanities, Art, Music, French/German, Computer Science, and PE. In Design Technology all pupils work with a wide variety of materials such as wood, metal, plastic, food and fabric.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 & 11)

Pupils follow a common curriculum consisting of RE, English, Mathematics, Science and PE. The common curriculum occupies 33 periods out of a 50 period week. Pupils are allowed to choose 3 option subjects for the remaining 17 hours. Pupils are provided with guidance so that they make choices that allow for progression beyond St Matthew’s.