As a Catholic Comprehensive School the curriculum on offer to pupils at St. Edmund’s provides equal opportunities and entitlement to all age levels and abilities so that each individual is encouraged and supported in realising his or her true God-given potential.

OUR CURRICULUM

In order to achieve these aims the school:

Teaches Religious Studies to all pupils in accordance with the doctrines of the Catholic Church.

Provides teaching in the National Curriculum to all pupils between the ages of 11 – 16 years.

From September 2014 a new National Curriculum is being introduced to Key Stage 3 pupils, starting with those in year 7. All subject areas are developing new assessment systems to replace current levels and this will be communicated with students and parents in preparation for September 2015.

Offers a curriculum which is broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated to meet the abilities of all pupils.

Negotiates and provides appropriate courses of study for students at the post-16 phase of their education.

Establishes a setting in which the curriculum experienced by the pupil provides for their spiritual, moral and cultural development primarily through the Christian vision of faith taught through the gospels.

In seeking to establish a curriculum which fosters achievement, it is essential to emphasize that each subject within the curriculum has a responsibility to develop a sense of vocation and to provide for the spiritual and moral growth of pupils (as well as to enhance academic development) through the standards, expectations, commitment and quality of relationships established and maintained within the learning environment.

At St. Edmund’s, Religious Studies is considered as a core subject that is compulsory for all pupils, receiving an appropriate timetable allocation, and is treated as an examination subject to GCSE in the same way as Mathematics, English and Science. Areas of personal and social health education, although dealt with in many different subjects of the curriculum, are drawn together through the Religious Studies Department in an attempt to show all pupils and teachers their role in the achievement of Christian maturity.

In addition to Religious Studies and the subjects of the National Curriculum, the School offers a wide range of subjects, which provide the opportunity to enhance the physical, cultural and aesthetic aspects of personal growth. There are opportunities for all to participate in an extensive range of extra-curricular activities which include sport, music, dance and drama. A wide range of School visits further extends the curriculum on offer to pupils at the school.

The Curriculum aims to enable all young people to become (i) successful learners who make progress and achieve (ii) confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives and (iii) responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

A BALANCED CURRICULUM

In Years 7-9 all students follow a broad based, common curriculum which meets the requirements of the National Curriculum in the following subjects:

Religious Education. English. Art. Geography. French. Drama. History. Spanish. Music. Physical Education. Mathematics. Design Technology. Science. Food technology. Computing and IT.

INSTRUMENTAL AND OTHER MUSIC TUITION

Woodwind (clarinet, saxophone, flute)
Guitar – acoustic, electric and bass
Strings (violin)
Percussion (drums)
Piano
Electronic keyboard
Vocals

Instrumental tuition is provided by a team of peripatetic staff who visit the school. There is a charge for instrumental tuition.

TEACHING GROUPS

When the students join the school in Year 7, they are put into tutor groups of mixed ability but with ability setting in English, Mathematics and Science. Smaller groups operate for the Technology subjects and Art.

In Year 8, ability setting is extended to Modern Languages but smaller mixed ability groups operate for the Technology and all Creative/Aesthetic subjects. Physical Education is taught in class groups.

INTERNAL EXAMINATIONS/ASSESSMENTS

Assessments are reported to parents/carers six times a year for all students. This is in the form of the termly Academic Overview which traffic lights progress against aspirational end of year target levels.

EXAMINATION SUBJECTS

In Years 10 and 11, all students study for the GCSE examinations. The norm is students entering Year 10 begin a course of study consisting of four compulsory core subjects (six GCSE’s) and three additional subjects, thus allowing each student to present at least 9 subjects for examination, with many entered for additional subjects.

CORE SUBJECTS

Mathematics, Science Double/Triple Award, English, English Literature and Religious Studies.

ADDITIONAL SUBJECTS

Students, in consultation with parents/carers and teachers, take at least three further subjects at GCSE.

The following additional subjects are offered:
French
Art
ICT
History
Spanish
Performing Arts
Graphics
Geography
Music
Technology – Food
Business Studies
Photography
Physical Education
Citizenship
Media
Leisure and Tourism
Health & Social Care
Textiles

SCHOOL EXAMINATION POLICY

In order to provide our students with the best possible credentials into Higher Education, careers and employment, in a climate where success in public examinations is of increasing importance, all students are entered for public examinations. These could take place as early as Year 9 in Science and Year 10 in Maths and English.

INTERNAL EXAMINATIONS

As with Lower School, students have assessments regularly and formal examinations are held at the end of the year. In Year 11, Mock GCSEs take place just before Christmas.

PREFECTS

During their time in Year 10 students will be invited to apply for the role of school prefects. This is an honor to represent the school and provide a service in the running of events.
These students apply through an application form and are then interviewed by a Senior Leader before being selected for the role.

6TH FORM COURSES

At St Edmund’s over 98% of our students continue in full time education at 16+. St Edmund’s delivers specialist Catholic sixth form education to students throughout East Kent. Priority is given to those students applying from within the St Edmund’s community.

The curriculum offered is rich, innovative and prepares students for Higher Education or employment at 18. All students in August 2013 who desired a place at university were either accepted or are in the process of going/deffering their place.

There is a wide range of AS/A2 subjects and a comprehensive choice of BTEC courses offered on site and through our KS5 connection with Dover Grammar School for Girls.
Our curriculum includes popular courses such as:

Eenglish Business Studies.
Sport Philosophy & Ethics.
Media Studies Photography.
Performing Arts.
Students are very well supported by our team of Year 12 and 13 tutors. Students applying to St Edmund’s benefit from the high standard of teaching and the strong pastoral support that is provided. In addition, students have the challenge and stimulus of being part of the Christian community of young adults.