Curriculum

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At Our Lady's R.C. High school we strive to provide a broad and well balanced curriculum for a students who most importantly have choice in shaping their own curriculum. In all departments we offer an engaging and inspirational learning environment, placing Christ at the centre of everything we do. In the classrooms we impart knowledge and strive for outstanding academic outcomes but we also feel it is paramount to nurture the young persons sitting in our classrooms. 

"Without confidence and love, there can be no true education" (St. John Bosco)

Key Stage 3 Curriculum:

Below is the listed allocations at Key Stage 3 level for each subject. The number signifies how many lessons the year group has over the two week timetable. *Please note French and Spanish allocations swap between Years 7 and 8 on an annual basis.

Year 7 8 table

Key Stage 4 Curriculum:

Below is the listed subjects studied at Key Stage 4 level. The number of lessons received in each subject are as follows:

KS4 subjects

 If you have any enquirers about the curriculum please contact Mr Nightingale.

Curriculum Review - Parent Survey Results

A dedicated group of staff have recently completed a full review of the curriculum at Our Lady’s to ensure it remains broad, balanced, challenging and relevant so that every pupil in our community can reach their full potential.

As part of the curriculum review, we consulted parents on some of the key issues and I have outlined the responses to the questions below. This followed on from a similar exercise with a cross section of pupils from years 7-11. I have also provided some examples of comments that were made as part of this process. We are always happy to receive any comments about our curriculum in general and should you wish to add any further comments, you can contact us on the email address below. Thank you as always for taking part and helping us to shape our curriculum for the future.

parentcurriculumviews@olsc.manchester.sch.uk

We asked: If you thought GCSE courses should be run over two or three years bearing in mind that GCSE subjects now have more depth and examination content?

Your response was:

97% 3 years

3% 2 years.

We asked: What you felt was the ideal length of time for a subject lesson?

Your response was:

5x 60 minutes (our current schedule)- 82%

6 x 50 minutes- 11%

4 x 75 minutes- 5%

3 x 100 minutes-2%

We asked: Do you feel all students should follow an EBacc pathway at key stage 4? This includes English, maths, science, a modern foreign language and a humanity subject. The government has a target in the next few years of 90% of all students following this route.

Your response was:

All students- 42%

Optional- 58%

We asked: Do you feel that studying a modern foreign language should be compulsory for all students?

Your response was:

All students- 70%

Optional- 30%

We asked: Would like to see any other subjects or activities offered outside of the core subjects?

Some of your suggestions were as follows:

Woodwork, kickboxing, law, life skills - how to manage money and bank accounts, planning a journey, mortgages, insurances, dance, Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, Yoruba, psychology, German, Polish, finance management, life skills such as confidence sessions, self-esteem, business, politics and engineering, PE, sociology, Italian. I like the offer as it is at present.

We asked: Do you have any other comments?

My child has progressed well and is happy/safe in Our Lady's.

Thank you to all the dedicated staff.

Happy enough.

I am really happy.

Great school.

The school is doing great as it stands.

19 I was a bit disturbed to see PE as a core subject.

There should be even more homework.

You are moving in the right direction at the moment.

You guys are doing a great job, keep it up.

I really like the school

I would like different times for parents evening

More homework and even more books to read.

I'm really happy that my child attends Our Lady's.

Thank you to all of those who offered their views.