School contact: Dr M Hargreaves, Deputy Headteacher
The curriculum at St Gabriel’s is ambitious and designed to give all learners the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. With 'Christ at the centre' of all we do it is coherently planned, immersed in the Catholic Faith, and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning and employment. We have the same high academic, technical and vocational ambitions for all, encouraging everyone to achieve the most they can with their God-given talents. The curriculum is broad and balanced and children study the full curriculum. Children are taught a full range of subjects for as long as possible, ‘specialising’ only when necessary.
Supported by our ‘Positive Discipline’ approach and our common set of values, students experience purposeful classroom environments where teachers present subject matter clearly. Teachers check learners’ understanding systematically, identify misconceptions accurately and provide clear, direct feedback. In doing so, they respond and adapt their teaching as necessary.
Students develop detailed knowledge and skills across the curriculum and, as a result, achieve well. They are readied for the next stage of education, employment or training both through their lessons and in-house CEAIG. Where relevant, they gain qualifications that allow them to go on to destinations that meet their interests, aspirations and the intention of their course of study.
Learning time: 25 lessons per week plus a form/assembly time of 20 minutes. In this time, aspects of PSHE and citizenship may be covered. During the course of a school year, a number of days are identified for cross thematic work, mainly covering aspects of PSHE, citizenship and careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in relation to progression to post-16 learning. Each year group has an annual Review and Progress Day (RAP day) tailored to suit the needs of pupils on an annual basis. For example, in Year 11, the RAP day focusses on progress and CEIAG to support post-16 learning applications.
The school’s core curriculum, throughout all years, is:
- Religious Education (GCSE level - Edexcel, option A)
- English (GCSE level - English Language and English Literature AQA)
- Maths (GCSE level - AQA)
- Science (GCSE level - AQA)
- Physical Education (non-examined lessons)
- PSHE (covered across the curriculum and on specifically identified occasions)
Other subjects in Years 7 – 9, key stage 3, are:
- Technology (including food technology)
- Computer Science
- Citizenship is currently taught throughout all subjects
Option choice subjects for Year 10 in key stage 4 are:
- Art and Design AQA,
- Computer Science Edexcel
- Food and Nutrition AQA
- Drama AQA
- Design and Technology AQA
- French AQA
- Spanish AQA
- Geography AQA
- History Edexcel
- Music OCR
- PE AQA
- Key Skills (ASDAN)
- Science (either Combined Science AQA or the three sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics AQA)
- Media Studies AQA
- iMedia ("Vocational Computing" - Cambridge National)
- Sport Studies ("Vocational PE" - Cambridge National)