Curriculum

A warm welcome to St Katherine’s

We aim to create an environment where students feel confident, secure and valued to help them perform at their best. Every child needs to be safe and happy at school in order to achieve their full potential. We aim to provide this environment for every member of our school through our exceptional pastoral care and absolute commitment to wellbeing which makes St Katherine’s such a happy, thriving school. We also know that our success is built on forging strong partnerships with parents and carers to ensure all our young people make excellent progress.

We are proud to be a fully inclusive comprehensive school and value every young person within our community. We aim to use our local context and diversity to shape our curriculum, tutor and co-curricular programme so that we develop our students into young adults; equipped socially and academically to take on the opportunities and challenges of life. We firmly believe that students will leave us as highly literate young people and so actively promote and prioritise reading.

Our broad and balanced curriculum is responsive to the needs of our learners, providing our young people with enriching educational experiences. Our subject experts carefully craft the curriculum to instill the knowledge and skills that will not only unlock progression and careers within the individual subject, but also enable students to appreciate awe and wonder in the world around us. You can find out more about the content and structure of each subject through our curriculum guides. 

We are passionate that all students who attend St Katherine’s are able to successfully access our curriculum. In order to do so, we will provide further support for students where appropriate, whether through teacher support in the classroom, option choices or academic, social or pastoral interventions to enable all students to make excellent progress.  

Our three year Key Stage 3 curriculum develops a breadth of knowledge and skills which students can draw from as they make GCSE choices in Year 9. Decisions about syllabus selections are made with a view to facilitate the richest learning experience and to facilitate progression pathways both within and beyond life at St Katherine’s. Students are empowered to make choices about the subjects they will study at Key Stage 4. Our approach is pupil-centred and supports Post 16 choices and progression, responding to the subject preferences of our students. 

We take full advantage of the size of our school to create a friendly atmosphere where every child is well known and cared for as an individual. Like our students, our staff are energetic, passionate and committed professionals, who stretch and challenge our young people both inside and outside of the classroom – we all learn something new everyday and it enriches and improves us all. We promote learning beyond the classroom and provide a wide range of co-curricular activities, including work related learning. 

I hope you enjoy reading about our school and that our website answers some of your questions, giving you a sense of what a truly great experience St Katherine’s offers young people. What it cannot do is give you a real sense of the positive, aspirational and engaging atmosphere of the school. The only way to experience this is to come and visit us and see for yourself.

We look forward to welcoming you to our school.

Justin Humphreys
Headteacher