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Curriculum

At St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School we take pride in our curriculum, in the flexibility it affords and the opportunities it gives to our students. The broad and balanced curriculum we provide is crucial to the development of well-rounded students who have the opportunity to progress into our Sixth Form and beyond.

Key Stage 3 (Year 7 and 8)
In Years 7 and 8 the majority of students follow a curriculum that encompasses the following subjects.

Year 7

Periods per Fortnight

English

7

Maths

7

Science

6

RE

5

French

4

Technology

3

Geography

3

History

4

PE

4

Computing

2

Art

2

Music

2

Drama

1

 

Year 8

Periods per Fortnight

English

6

Maths

6

Science

6

RE

5

French

4

Technology

4

Geography

4

History

4

PE

4

Computing

2

Art

2

Music

2

Drama

1

Some students will follow a more personalised curriculum helping to ensure that they are ready to start their GCSEs by the beginning of Year 9.

Key Stage 4 (Year 9, 10, 11)
At the end of Year 8 students choose options and commence their 3 year Key Stage 4 in year 9

Compulsory Key Stage 4 subjects

Hours per fortnight

Optional Key Stage 4 subjects (4*1 hours per fortnight)

Maths

9

Geography

Music

English

9

History

Drama

Science

9

Computer Science

Textiles

RE and Citizenship

5

ICT

Photography

PE

3

French

Health and Social Care

German

Business

Sports Science

Media

Art

Product Design

Food Studies

 

*1 Option subjects have only 5 lessons in Year 11 (2018-19 only)

For further, in depth, details please follow this link (KS4 Options Booklet)

Year 12/13
We have a highly successful sixth form that is going from strength to strength. For a look at the variety of courses we offer and a snapshot of what life is like in our sixth form please follow this link (KS5 Options Booklet)

Extracurricular
Of course the curriculum is not only about the subjects that students study. All of our students have access to wide range of support groups, homework clubs and other facilities to ensure every student makes the progress we expect. On top of this we have a fantastic array of trips that are accessible to all students, from skiing in Austria, the WWI battlefields to the wonders of Guernsey or even local attractions such as business trips to Drayton Manor or Computing visits to Cadbury, we aim to develop and improve the cultural capital of our students.

If you would like to find out more about the curriculum followed at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, please contact the Associate Vice Principal, Mr Baker, or if it is specific to a particular subject, then the Head of Faculty.

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