Our intention is that all students, regardless of ability, have full and equal access to an outstanding curriculum. We strive to deliver relevant qualifications taught by excellent practitioners so that all students leave having achieved the very best academic qualifications they can, and are well prepared for life after school. Our intention is to provide an inclusive curriculum with a commitment to creative and technology subjects as well as core and EBacc, keeping as much choice for students as possible.
Our curriculum is tailored so that it is well matched to the needs of our students and offers a broad range of enrichment opportunities. This extended curriculum is planned so that it allows students to improve their skills in sport, music and the arts as well as developing leadership, organisation, resilience, independence and character.
We review the curriculum at annually in consultation with staff, students and parents and in conjunction with the Curriculum and Standards Governor Committee. We also work closely with the Curriculum Development Group through the Archdiocese of Liverpool and, through this, are part of a peer review system.
The Holy Family Learning Journey
The school has a planned curriculum or ‘Learning Journey’ which sits outside the formal curriculum. It ensures that all students have equal access to enrichment for example; cultural and sports activities, trips, community and charity work, leadership, music and drama. The Catholic ethos of the school informs tutor, assembly and collective worship with charity and community work at the heart of what we do. Each Progress Leader reviews the ‘Learning Journey’ so that there is a balance between the types of activities available e.g. Duke of Edinburgh, sports, theatre visits, charity work. The Learning Journey is shared with students and parents so they are encouraged to get involved with as many opportunities as possible.
Personal Development Programme
We also have discrete a Personal Development programme delivered by all staff and co-ordinated by the personal development team. Aspects of citizenship, wellbeing and relationship and sex education are delivered through this programme. The motto of the school is PRIDE which stands for progress, respect, independence, determined and equipped. This is developed in everything that we do, but explicitly through the Personal Development programme where students develop their leadership and communication skills. The student leadership and student ambassadors are a visible part of the school and student voice informs part of the curriculum review.
Careers and Preparation for the Future
There is a well-planned, comprehensive programme of careers activities from Year 7 through to Year 13. The programme is linked to the local job market and responds to the interests and needs of the students. There is a direct input from teachers so that they can learn how each subject can be used in the world of work. Careers lessons are also part of the Personal Development programme which is supplemented with employer presentations, visits to college and universities, attendance at careers fairs, employer led workshops. The 6th Form have a full and detailed programme through UCAS, UNIFROG and to prepare them for university or apprenticeships.
The Alternative Curriculum
In addition, a bespoke curriculum is put into place for a small number of students (<5%) where appropriate. These students may be unable to access a full range of academic courses because of learning or pastoral needs. Each individual is provided with a curriculum that has been adapted to suit their needs and interests. We work closely with the local authority and other local providers like Everton Free School and Myerscough College.
The Formal Curriculum
Key Stage 3
At KS3 students access a wide variety of courses and follow a two year programme of study taking options at the end of Year 8.
We have a commitment to allow students to access two languagesso in Year 8 two thirds of the students’access French while the other access a more in-depth functional IT course and reading intervention.
Key Stage 4
At KS4 all students access a core curriculum as follows: English language and literature, mathematics, combined or triple science and RE, Core PE andCharacter and Culture lessons.
Three option subjects are offered to all students regardless of ability or gender. Option E contains only EBacc subjects (History, Geography, French and Spanish). Options A and B contain a range of academic and vocational subjects including BTEC qualifications.
To support the learning of the most and least able we offer the same subject with different qualification types eg. PE GCSE and BTEC Sport, GCSE Food and Nutrition or BTEC Hospitality. This flexibility allows us to match thequalification to thelearning style of the students.
For a small number of students there is an alternative non-progress 8 pathway which varied according to the individualand in consultation with parents and students. For example:
Pathway1: ELC English, ELC maths, ELC Science, Functional Skills ICT, Life Skills, RE (short course), core PE, one or more L2 BTEC, PSHE and 2 days placement in college and a workplace. If students are ready, they progress onto GCSE English, maths and science.
Pathway 2: English LanguageGCSE, English Literature GCSE, Mathematics GCSE, Combined Science GCSE, Life Skills, reading intervention, RE (short course), two BTEC options, workplace experience.
Key Stage 5
Students take three KS5 options after individual advice and guidance to ensure they areright courses and are therefore retained. This may be an A-level only route, a vocational only route or a combination of both. The most able students are able to take an additional A-level or Further Mathematics.
To broaden the option choices we work in partnership with two local schools. This allows an additional four choices.
Students can apply to take EPQ and if they show commitment.
There is a taught resit programme with subject specialist for any students who resit GCSE English and Mathematics.
Outside the taught subjects, students have guided studysessions, RE, PSHE and careers programmes to complete. They are offered a significant amount of tutor guidance and support; particularly around UCAS and Apprenticeship applications. The school offers a broad enrichment programme including sport, cultural trips and visits to universities and work experience.