The curriculum at St Bede’s is designed to nurture every child towards reaching their full potential, giving them the knowledge, skills and confidence to embrace the world in which we live.
The aim is to deliver excellence in learning and teaching and an expectation that all learners to be actively engaged in their own learning. The curriculum focuses on the child as learner, and allows breadth and depth of learning, offering challenge and enjoyment. Progression through Working Towards Grades is closely monitored and tracked to ensure the opportunity of attainment at the highest level
The curriculum embraces the Core subjects of English, Maths and Science, but also hugely values the Foundation subjects in developing well rounded young people.
The college aims for an equitable curriculum which allows all to access learning from their current position and aspires to move them forward. Student with lower prior attainment and SEND students are monitored closely to ensure provision is appropriate.
As the school moves forward it recognises the importance of taking quality time to evaluate and review curriculum innovation and learn from evolving best practice. Actively sourcing good practice and continuing to have staff involved in strategic development at college, partnership, diocese and national level will allow for true reflection and the opportunity to refine and further develop a curriculum which will meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Students begin their time at St Bede’s studying 15 subjects. They build upon their learning from KS2, whilst developing completely new skills in areas such as Languages, Technology and Drama.
Students continue studying 15 subjects. Their confidence grows across each area as they build on the foundations laid in Year 7. Student begin to identify subjects for which they have a passion.
Students reduce their subject number to 13. This gives students the opportunity to drop two subjects they do not enjoy and spend more curriculum time on developing a better depth of understanding in the areas on which they retain. (N.B. the options to drop are only in the non-EBacc subjects – the core EBacc offer is retained throughout Year 9).
Students further reduce their subject number to 12, providing their suite of examinable subject choices. All students maintain English Language, English Literature, Maths, the Sciences and Religious Studies, as well as non-examinable PE and PSHCE (both are key spokes in our development of the whole child, body and mind).
Students then have three option choices from across a broad range of 16 subjects, spanning the Languages, Humanities, Sport, Technology, Computing and the Creative and Expressive Arts.
The offer provides the opportunity for all students to finish Year 11 with attainment at the highest level, both in the compulsory subjects and in the areas where choice has been provided.
Students are able to choose three A Levels from a broad range of 23 subjects, although some of the most gifted students may study four. These A levels are often supplemented by either Maths Studies of the Extend Project Qualification. The offer provides the opportunity for all students to finish Year 13 with attainment at the highest level, preparing them well for further study, apprenticeships or the world of work.
The development of teaching and learning is at the core of our work at St Bede’s. There is a robust programme of CPD:
Formal programme for NQTs and RQTs designed to ensure all teachers are accomplished (see appraisal policy) by at least the end of their third year.
A triad programme called Professional Learning Communities for all accomplished teachers. Depending on college priorities, the focus of these can be guided but autonomy is given in how best to explore the ideas and work towards improving best practice. Results from these communities are feedback through Teach Meets.
College supports attendance at exam board taring and regional subject hubs, as these provide information and guidance that is difficult to provide internally.
Work is assessed across all seven years using Working Towards Grades. Target grades are set for the end of KS4 or KS5 and students are judged against expectations in each year as to whether they are showing work of a quality that has them on track to achieve their target.