The St Edmund’s curriculum is designed to provide challenge and support in equal measure to ensure that all students can achieve their potential regardless of their ability. We regularly review our curriculum to guarantee that it fits the needs of our students and we pride ourselves on providing an innovative and individualised approach to teaching and learning.
Our curriculum not only gives students the opportunity to achieve academic success but to develop as independent learners and responsible citizens. Our moral purpose to equip students with the best possible chance of success in their futures is at the heart of every decision we make and gives us a clear focus when making decisions about programmes of study for students. Our school values of respect, responsibility and resilience and the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of students are key features of lesson planning in all subject areas.
All students are provided with challenging targets and their progress towards these is measured through a range of regular assessments. We have very high aspirations for our students and expect them to take ownership and responsibility for their success by maintaining an excellent attitude to learning.
As a Church of England Academy we place high value on the teaching of Religious Studies in order to provide students with knowledge of faith, spirituality, religions and beliefs. In doing so we are teaching our students to uphold the British values of tolerance and understanding and equipping them with the skills necessary to be responsible citizens. As such, all students study RS from Year 7 and complete the full course RS GCSE course in Year 11.
Key Stage Three Curriculum Year 7 -9
At St Edmund’s, students are encouraged to discover and cherish their individual talents and so we provide a broad curriculum in order that their gifts and talents can be cultivated. At Key Stage Three, students study the traditional academic subjects: Maths English, Languages and Humanities and alongside these we offer a healthy mixture of Arts and Technology subjects. PE, Dance, Drama, Music are taught as distinct subjects and students follow a carousel of Technology lessons enabling them to study Food and Nutrition, Textiles and Graphic Design throughout the year.
Key Stage Four Curriculum Year 10 and 11
The Key Stage Four curriculum for students begins to take shape in Year 9, when students are recommended for one of three GCSE pathways to follow in Year 10 and this is conducted through discussion and information evenings with parents, carers and students.
Most students will continue to study the traditional subjects at GCSE: Maths, English Literature and Language, Science, RS, a humanity subject and a language, but will also have a choice of any other subject from a wide range of Arts, Technology and more contemporary subjects, such as Psychology, to select from. We work in partnership with Wyvern College at Key Stage Four and some subjects are taught collaboratively to allow an even greater breadth of subject choices for students in both schools.
For some students, this programme of study is not appropriate for their educational needs so we create a personalised GCSE package that is more suitable for ensuring their success at Key Stage Four.
A rich and varied package of after-school enrichment activities are available for all students from Year 7 – 11 to afford them the opportunity to continue to experience and develop their skills outside the classroom. This is particularly important when students reach Key Stage Four and will no longer study all the subjects on offer at Key Stage Three.