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Curriculum Overview

At Our Lady’s we are determined to do all that we can to ensure that every pupil achieves success. We set ambitious individual performance targets based on a higher than average rate of progress. We expect pupils to work consistently hard and insist that they produce classwork and homework of the highest possible quality. Co-ordinating the curriculum as a whole is Mr R. Charnock, one of two Deputy Headteachers.

Key Stage 3 – Years 7, 8 and 9

All pupils at Key Stage 3 follow the same curriculum pathway: Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Computing, History, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages, Design and Technology, Art, Music, and Physical Education.

Key Stage 4 – Years 10 and 11

All pupils at Key Stage 4 study the following subjects to examination level: Religious Education, English, Mathematics and Science. Pupils then have a choice of four options from a list of twenty subjects which together with Physical Education make up their timetable.

Religious Education

Religious Education is at the core of our curriculum as a Catholic School as we are wholly committed to the spiritual and faith development of all our pupils. All of our pupils study Religious Education from Year 7 onwards and all study the subject to GCSE examination level in Year 11.

Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship

We want all our pupils to develop as a whole person and so we offer a complementary programme of PSHE that is taught within curriculum lessons and through significant extra-curricular and cross-curricular enrichment days.

Homework

Our Lady’s attaches great importance to homework, which is compulsory for all pupils. Details of the subjects set for homework each day are given in the homework planner. The emphasis, at first, is on establishing a regular habit of study which, once acquired, will bear fruit in later years. The staff meet regularly to discuss the work of pupils and any cause for concern will be reported to parents. Conversely, if parents are in any way dissatisfied, they should contact the appropriate Learning Manager.

The Year System

We place great importance on the Pastoral Care of our pupils. At its heart is our Year System where the emphasis is placed on care, support and guidance.

The Year System is organized as follows:

Year 7: Form: 7O, 7U, 7R, 7L, 7A, 7D

Each form is of approximately 30 pupils grouped together on a social basis who move through school together. From Year 8 onwards they keep their Form Tutor and Learning Manager.

In each year, the team of tutors is led by a Learning Manager with an Assistant Learning Manager. In the case of Year 7 the Learning Manager is Mrs E Finnerty and the Assistant is Mrs K. Murray.

Co-ordinating the year system as a whole is Mr M Fitzpatrick, one of the two Deputy Heads.

Mrs Howard (Assistant Headteacher) has overall responsibility for pastoral issues in Years 7 – 9.