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Curriculum

Curriculum – Introduction

St Joseph’s College is a school like no other. The design of our curriculum is centred on the development of the whole person, and whilst maintaining statutory requirements, we aim to go above and beyond, offering our students an exceptional learning experience. At St Joseph’s College, our curriculum strives to drive aspirations and enable our students to meet the demands of an ever-changing world with confidence. Our curriculum is underpinned by the Catholic ethos of the school, which permeates all that we do.

St. Joseph’s College offers a broad and balanced knowledge-engaged curriculum, which facilitates learning – ‘a change in long term memory’. It is well-sequenced and there are planned opportunities for retrieval practice, frequent checking for understanding and regular low-stakes quizzing. All students are encouraged and supported to achieve their full potential and we believe that by challenging all of our learners, they will become the best version of themselves. Our students are encouraged to read for learning as well as to read for pleasure. Our curriculum also ensures that students have myriad opportunities to use numbers, interpret data and understand increasingly complex mathematical patterns.

We maintain the highest expectations of all of our students, both academically and in terms of behaviour. Our curriculum is designed to be inclusive and we aim to instil in our students confidence, resilience, and compassion for those in need. We do this by providing a range of leadership, volunteering, performance and stewardship opportunities within our classrooms, our community and beyond.

We provide high quality careers guidance to our students so that they can make the best and most appropriate choices about their future, especially at key transition points throughout their journey through the school.

Our rationale for shaping our curriculum is set out in the diagram below:

 

 

Key Stage 3 – Years 7-9

During their first three years at St Joseph’s College, students build on their successful work in Key Stage 2 to develop the knowledge and understanding which form the foundation for future study at Key Stage 4 and beyond. Our Key Stage 3 curriculum includes the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education (incorporating RSE), French, Spanish, Geography, History, Art, Design Technology, Music, Drama, Physical Education, Computing and Personal Development.

Key Stage 4 – Years 10 and 11

At Key Stage 4, all students embark on a rigorous academic curriculum, with the vast majority taking the English Baccalaureate subjects. The English Baccalaureate pathway incorporates our core curriculum of English, Maths, Science, Religious Studies, French or Spanish along with either Geography or History.

In addition to the core subjects, students are given the opportunity to select a pathway appropriate to their needs and aspirations. The range of subjects students can choose from within these pathways is extensive and diverse, ensuring that students have a broad range of qualifications at the end of the key stage. Here are the subjects we study at GCSE.

Key Stage 5 – Years 12 and 13

Our 6th form is unashamedly academic and students primarily study A level qualifications, enhanced by a few specialist Level 3 courses, in order to embark on university courses and Higher Level Apprenticeships.

 

 

Art

Curriculum Statement of Intent for Art at St Joseph’s College

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Biology

Curriculum Statement of Intent for Biology at St Joseph’s College

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Business Studies and Economics

Curriculum Statement of Intent for Business Studies and Economics at St Joseph’s College

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Chemistry

Curriculum Statement of Intent for Chemistry at St Joseph’s College

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Computer Science

Curriculum Statement of Intent for Computer Science at St Joseph’s College

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Design and Technology

Curriculum Statement of Intent for Design and Technology (including DT Product, Food and
Textiles) at St Joseph’s College

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English

Curriculum Statement of Intent for English at St Joseph’s College

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Geography

Curriculum Statement of Intent for Geography at St Joseph’s College

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History

Curriculum Statement of Intent for History at St Joseph’s College

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Mathematics

Curriculum Statement of Intent for Mathematics at St Joseph’s College

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Modern Foreign Languages

Curriculum Statement of Intent for Modern Foreign Languages at St Joseph’s College

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Music and Performing Arts

Curriculum Statement of Intent for Music and Performing Arts  at St Joseph’s College

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Physics

Curriculum Statement of Intent for Physics at St Joseph’s College

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Physical Education

Curriculum Statement of Intent for Physical Education at St Joseph’s College

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Politics

Curriculum Statement of Intent for Politics at St Joseph’s College

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Religious Education

Curriculum Statement of Intent for Religious Education at St Joseph’s College

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Sociology

Curriculum Statement of Intent for Sociology at St Joseph’s College

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Theatre and Drama

Curriculum Statement of Intent for Theatre and Drama at St Joseph’s College

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Success Stories

97%

Of our students achieved  English and mathematics GCSEs at grades 4 or greater (secure pass).

83%

Of our students achieved English and mathematics GCSEs at grades 5 or greater (good pass).

47%

Of all grades achieved at GCSE were grade 7 or higher.

Of all grades achieved at GCSE were grade 7 or higher.

45%

Of our students achieved grade 7 or higher in 5 or more GCSE subjects.

98%

Of our A2 students pass their courses, with 62% achieving A* to B grades, and 32% achieving A* or A grades.

OUTSTANDING

St. Joseph’s College is delighted to have maintained its ‘Outstanding’ status at its most recent Ofsted inspection in 2014.