Overview of provision
The Curriculum at Christ the King offers a wide and comprehensive range of subjects that are undertaken over 30 periods per week to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum that develops the whole person. However, at Christ the King, our curriculum is not just a framework of subjects – our philosophy is to develop each student to be open and responsive to the responsibilities and experiences of the wider world around them, and to be the best they can be. Therefore, while we have committed to extra English and Mathematics lessons at both Key Stages to ensure each student has the strong academic foundations they need to fully access GCSEs, A-levels, Apprenticeships or the University pathway of their choice in their future, we also place a strong emphasis on creating a positive culture for learning and promoting the development and well-being of the whole person.
Religious Education is a strong feature of the curriculum at Christ the King, as it enables students from a wide range of faiths, cultures and nationalities to identify with the strong Catholic ethos of the school and its core British values of respect, tolerance and understanding of all individuals. It is a key aspect of enhancing the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural awareness of each student, and facilitating their engagement with the society and community around us.
We are committed to developing the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development of each student in our care which we deliver through a number of sessions that take place each morning in House Group time between 8.40 and 9am, where students either: undertake Collective Worship in their nurturing pastoral House Tutor group; gather collectively as a House for weekly House Assemblies; gather collectively for Chapel sessions; come together to read together; engage in the ‘Reading Buddies’ scheme to enhance the reading skills of younger students; enhance their Library, research or literacy skills; or meet as the elected representatives of Student Council or the Prefect team. We also emphasise the wider skills of citizenship and personal, social and health education across the curriculum with dedicated timetabled lessons in Years 9, 10 and 11, and PSHE and Citizenship events are regularly held on the ELD (Extended Learning Days) for students in all years in a rolling program.
Christ the King places a dedicated focus on charitable work which promotes a real understanding and empathy for people in real world situations led by our Diana Award-winning CtK Student Charity Group. Regular Inter-House challenges promote healthy competition and sportsmanship with a range of sporting and/or creative challenges that engage students of all skills, talents and interests. Enterprise events are held regularly which develop entrepreneurial skills, and facilitate the understanding of the need of working together as a team to achieve a common goal.
Peripatetic Music teachers provide school-subsidised music tuition for all students who demonstrate a dedicated interest in brass or woodwind instruments, drum or guitar, and there are a number of opportunities for all students to showcase their creative talents in a variety of clubs, performances and shows. Alongside an extensive extra-curricular timetable, there is something to engage and support everyone at Christ the King, each activity designed to demonstrate excellence beyond the classroom.
Our specialist and dedicated staff ensure that all lessons are of high quality and meet all individual needs, and are supported by the best information technology and teaching and learning resources which we strive to continuously update and share. Homework clubs are provided at both lunchtimes and after-school for all students, and voluntary and/or compulsory study sessions are available for all KS4 students every evening after school, provided by specialist subject teachers to ensure all students achieve at their full potential.
The academic pathway
At Key Stage 3, the rich and varied curriculum includes a program of creative arts (Music, Art and Drama), practical subjects (Food Technology, Resistant Materials, Ceramics, Physical Education and ICT), and World Studies (Modern Foreign Languages, History and Geography). A strong emphasis is given to Mathematics and English, and Science and RE remain an integral part of the curriculum.
In Year 9 at Christ the King, students are afforded the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge in a Humanity subject of their choice from the range experienced in Years 7 & 8. This enables students to develop a deeper level of knowledge and understanding in either History or Geography and is a welcome head start if they opt to undertake further study in either of these subjects at GCSE level.
We discuss individual curriculum pathways with students and their parents, particularly in Year 9 as students prepare for the transition to Key Stage 4. Personalised programs will be created to develop students’ particular strengths while enabling them to make good progress in all subjects at GCSE level or equivalent.
At Key Stage 4, students undertake a more focused approach to both compulsory Core GCSE subjects and individually chosen Optional GCSE subjects, each taught by specialist teachers. Core subjects include English, Mathematics, Religious Education, Science (Dual award or all three separate Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics), ICT, and non-GCSE PSHE and PE.
Optional subjects are selected from the full range of the English baccalaureate subjects (Computer Science, Modern Foreign Languages, History and Geography) or from the extensive provision of GCSE (or equivalent) subjects including Health & Social Care, Food Technology, Drama, Child Care, Music, Art, Resistant Materials, and PE.
A Study-Plus option is offered to those who require further support in English and Mathematics, and Work-based Placements or Personalised Social Development courses are available in the appropriate pathway. Additional GCSE subjects that are held after-school in Art and Performing Arts are available to opt in to, depending on an individual’s appropriate pathway.
The Key Stage 4 curriculum is supplemented by an extensive Careers Education/Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) program that enable students to explore post 14 & 16 progression routes. The CEIAG program is supported and enhanced by a range of activities including visiting speakers, ‘taster visits’ and specific themed workshops, and has strong links with industries, businesses, colleges, training providers, Universities and the Armed Forces. This rich program provides valued support to help students to develop their employability skills and their application processes. Through membership of the Business in the Community program, the school enjoys an excellent partnership with KPMG who support a range of events throughout the year aimed at raising student aspirations.
We believe that our program of study will develop confident and enthusiastic learners of all ages, with a hunger for learning and a flair for solving real world problems.
For further information, please contact Mrs J O’Connor, Assistant Headteacher (Curriculum).