“The curriculum for our schools must provide a Catholic setting in which the children are enabled to grow in understanding, to acquire a variety of skills, attitudes and values and from these to appropriate into their own lives what is the value of their personal growth in faith ….. the religious and secular curriculum cannot be separated ….. the ethos of a Catholic school should be synonymous with and inseparable from its curriculum”.
Evaluating the Distinctive Nature of a Catholic School
Purposes: (Statements for Action in the Mission Statement)
- To ensure pupils’ spiritual, moral, intellectual, physical and social development is nurtured within the whole curriculum.
- To provide for the study of the Christian Faith, in particular the history and traditions, doctrine and liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church.
- To teach the National Curriculum to the highest standards, stressing the importance of the education of the whole person, and the preparation of pupils for adult life.
- To encourage the acceptance of the universe as God’s creation and foster respect for beauty and truth in the various arts, sciences and technologies, as well as a deep respect for the values in other faiths, cultures and secular society, including Citizenship and Community Cohesion.
- To teach its pupils the value of work, wealth creation and social responsibility against a Gospel background and the uses to which wealth is put.
- To guide its pupils to plan, implement and assess their own learning, in partnership with teachers.
- To promote the principle that Every Child Matters.
“The articles of government for every aided school shall provide ……. for the content of the secular curriculum for the school to be under the control of the governing body”.
Section 19 Education (No.2) Act 1986
- The Headteacher will be responsible for the day to day organisation of the curriculum.
- The design and development of the curriculum will be guided by DfE, Diocesan and LA guidelines and policies.
- The curriculum will be monitored and reviewed in relation to the Governors’ policy on Assessment, Recording and Reporting.
- The Governors’ Curriculum Committee will have monitoring and School Self Evaluation as a standing item on all agendas.
- The basic curriculum at St. Cecilia’s will fulfil the requirement of the National Curriculum; however Religious Education will take pride of place and become a central part of any “core curriculum”.
Teaching and Learning
We recognise that the quality and diversity of teaching and learning is of central importance if our students are to enjoy and be stretched by the curriculum we provide. The school gives priority to continuing professional development for our teachers and teaching assistants. We have a lively and well-attended Teaching and Learning Group for staff which meets at regular intervals after school to share best
practice. We consult regularly with children via formal and informal feedback from pupils about their lessons and via the Pupil Council to identify ways of improving their engagement and motivation.
Assessment, Recording and Reporting of Achievement
Our Assessment Policy ensures that we meet national requirements for the reporting of pupil achievements. We ensure that parents are fully informed of the progress of their child by providing regular Interim reports during KS3 together with Monitoring and Progress Tracking information at KS4. We also provide written reports for pupils in all years and give parents the opportunity to discuss the progress of their child with relevant staff in school.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
We wish to inspire and challenge all our children and prepare them for the future by ensuring that our pupils participate in stimulating and purposeful learning experiences. Some of these will be provided through the National Curriculum; others will come from wider learning opportunities in and beyond the classroom. We are committed to ensuring the entitlement of all our young people to high quality teaching and learning within a broad and balanced curriculum, irrespective of their social background, culture, race, gender, differences in ability and disabilities.
Parental involvement is vital to a pupil’s success. The involvement of parents is encouraged through discussion in forums on Moodle and at Parents’ Evenings. Parents are encouraged to contact the school if they have any matters they wish to raise with us. We also provide on-going information KS4 parents via a series of Guidance Evenings for Years 10 &11 with guidelines on how parents and guardians can support their children as learners.