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Headteacher: Mr T. McGuinness

Curriculum

Religious Education

The spiritual development of pupils is of the utmost importance and the reason for the school’s existence. All pupils receive the equivalent of two and a half hours of Religious Education each week and the subject is taught in accordance with the Articles of Government following the Liverpool Archdiocesan syllabus.

Key Stage 3 – Years 7­ to 9

All pupils follow a common curriculum: Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Design Technology, History, Geography, French or Spanish, Music, Art, Physical Education and Business/ICT.

Key Stage 4 – Years 10­ to 11

All pupils take the following subjects to examination level: Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, ICT. Physical Education is also a compulsory subject on the school curriculum.

Through our options process, pupils can choose to study three additional subjects from the following: Art, Graphics, Engineering, Computer Science, Drama, Music, History, Health & Social Care, Geography, French, Spanish, Product Design, Food Technology, GCSE PE/Sport, Travel Tourism, Systems & Control, Textiles, Skills for Work and Additional Sciences.

A small number of pupils may pursue a more vocational route via a very successful alternative curriculum. This involves local college courses, work placements and a reduced academic curriculum based on the core subjects.

All pupils in Key Stage 3 & 4 follow a PSHE programme with their form groups.

Sixth Form

In the Sixth Form, students can follow a combination of vocational and academic courses at Level 3, leading to higher education or direct routes into employment. Our curriculum offer is linked to the Greater Merseyside skills for growth project, and we support all our students throughout their time with us by providing opportunities to join the Career Academy programme in Business & Finance or STEM subjects, and offering continuous guidance on university applications and future careers pathways.

We offer A/AS Levels in English (Combined), Maths, Art, Graphics, Philosophy & Ethics, Textiles, and Psychology. Our L3 BTEC courses on offer are:­ Business Studies, Finance, ICT, Media, Sport, Health & Social Care and Applied Sciences. We also have a small number of students who retake either English or Maths GCSE. All students are required to attend a General RE lesson as part of their curriculum.

Sex Education

Aspects of the spiritual, moral and social areas of sex education are considered within Religious Education at appropriate levels. Issues relating to health, biology and emotional well­being are also covered in Science. Sex and Relationships Education is also a key part of the complementary programme.

Special Educational Needs/Learning Support

Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) liaises closely with our primary feeder schools and acquires information on all children who have been identified as having a Special Educational Need. In their first term at All Saints they will undergo diagnostic assessment to give a clearer picture of the support required. Most will be placed in smaller group situations where they will receive more teacher contact. Parents are kept informed of progress and invited to Review Meetings at least once a year.

Children at School Action and above have Individual Education Plans drawn up highlighting their needs. These are given to all subject staff to enable them to develop individual, subject specific targets. Children move up or down the stages depending on their progress. School Support Assistants are used for in­-class support and withdrawal of small groups for additional literacy support.

Reporting to Parents/Carers

Parents and carers receive 5 Progress Check reports and 1 full written report about how well each child is doing in relation to their targets, for each subject, based on assessments completed each half term during the academic year. We make all our reports to parents securely available online for viewing at any time through our Go4Schools system.

Parents and carers are also invited to attend an annual evening event.