Intent Of Our Curriculum

The Intent Of Our Curriculum Is:

To inspire and challenge all students and prepare them for their futures. The school has a clear aim to continue to develop a broad and balanced curriculum that builds on the experience of its learners in the primary phase. We are determined to instil within our students the benefits of working hard and to be confident and responsible citizens.

The curriculum at the Archbishop’s School will help its students to:

  • Achieve high standards and make excellent progress.
  • Enable those not achieving age-related expectations to narrow the gap and catch up with their peers.
  • Have and able to use high-quality functional skills, including key literacy, numeracy and computing skills.
  • Be challenged and stretched to achieve their potential.
  • Enjoy and be committed to their learning to help become life-long learners.
  • Value their learning outside the classroom and be able to link it to their taught curriculum.

Year 7, 8 and 9

Students study art, computer science, design and technology, English, food technology, French or Spanish, geography, history, ICT, mathematics, music, PSHE as part of their worship time, physical education, religious studies, science. In year 7 students complete the ‘Learning to Learn’ and in years 7 & 8 language for literacy.

Students with special educational needs are given support by the Special Needs Department. Students are normally supported in lessons although, where appropriate, they are given a programme of individual support. Some students benefit from a literacy support programme including one-to-one reading and spelling and grammar intervention.

Years 10 and 11

All students follow a core curriculum and then choose additional subjects from a range of possibilities. Breadth and balance is maintained as it is normally expected that all students will study a combined science and at least one subject from geography, history or MFL. Core GCSE subjects include the following: English – for all students this leads to two GCSEs, English Language and English Literature, Mathematics, Double Award Science.

  • All students study at least one of either history, geography, French or Spanish to GCSE.
  • Students also study three further GCSE courses from the following list of courses: art and design, business studies, French, geography, history, IT, music, sport, Spanish, travel & tourism, photography.

Sixth Form

In year 12 students study 3 or 4 A level courses or the equivalent from a very broad range of subjects. There is a strong emphasis upon students complementing these with an Extended Project qualification. These subjects are taught over 8 hours per fortnight.

Students who have not yet secured the grade 4 threshold in either mathematics or English language are expected to undertake GCSE courses in these subjects as a priority in the Sixth Form.