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We are inspired by the teachings of Christ and our Franciscan Values to create the best Catholic education now and for generations to come, creating a diverse, inclusive and rich curriculum that cherishes every child in our care as a unique thumbprint of God

- St Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy Trust Curriculum Intent

We combine our ambition for students to achieve academic excellence with our aim to develop their spiritual and moral awareness. We take care to structure a curriculum for students that develops their independent learning skills and fosters a love of life-long learning. The curriculum is designed to ensure all students experience a broad and balanced education in these respects.

In Key Stages 3 and 4 all students follow a core programme of English, Mathematics, Science, RE and PE.

In Key Stage 3 they also follow courses in Art, D&T, Drama, Geography, History, ICT/Computing, Music and one Modern Foreign Language, from French, Spanish and Italian.

In Key Stage 4, as well as the core programme of study there is a range of optional subjects from which students may choose. Wherever possible, in selecting which subjects to offer our students at Key Stage 4 and 5, we endeavour to recognise the aspirations of the students with a view to their progression into higher education and or employment after graduating from St Mary's.

Academically we ensure that all those that need help, receive it. Whether that is students that are academically gifted or students with a specific need. We have a wide ranging and carefully targeted intervention programme to ensure that all students are able to make the progress of which they are capable. Our academic tracking system allows teachers to monitor and improve each student's progress throughout the course of the year, with guidance taking place both inside and outside of the classroom. Parents receive regular feedback regarding their son/daughter's progress and we encourage a dialogue between staff and parent to ensure students are supported in school and at home.

Please contact the school by email to find out more information if needed on any aspect of curriculum.

Mr C Palmer

Assistant Headteacher