The curriculum at St Thomas More Catholic School is designed to promote and sustain a thirst for knowledge and understanding and a love of learning. It covers a wide range of subjects and provides opportunities for academic, technical and sporting excellence. It has a very positive impact on all pupils’ behaviour and safety, and contributes very well to pupils’ academic achievement, their physical well-being, and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
The academic work of the school is organised into departments, run by experienced Heads of Department and well qualified staff. Each department offers a variety of courses that are adapted to suit the varying abilities of students and use a variety of teaching styles such as whole class teaching and group work to suit the objectives of the lesson.
Our rich, relevant, broad and balanced curriculum contributes to outstanding learning and achievement, significant growth in pupils’ knowledge, and excellent attitudes towards learning. All pupils are given the opportunity to work in the library after school with a member of teaching staff to complete homework or simply read for pleasure. At Key Stage 4 we have a planned series of intervention sessions after school and at lunchtime to ensure all pupils are supported to achieve their full potential.
We place great emphasis on ensuring our pupils are provided with an extensive range of extra-curricular activities throughout the academic year. A copy of our extra-curricular timetable can be found here.
Assessment and Target Setting
As a school we believe that assessment is an ongoing process and underpins high quality teaching and learning. We believe that assessment should:
- Provide information for pupils, parents and teachers on pupil progress.
- Provide pupils with formative information on how to improve.
- Allow for course monitoring and evaluation within departments to improve learning and teaching.
- Act as a positive aid to the performance of each pupil.
- Provide objective guidance on course choice and progression throughout a pupil’s school career.
- Prepare pupils for external examinations and awards.
Our curriculum is structured into ten week modules with data entered at the end of each module in order to track pupil progress. At the end of the academic year pupils sit formal examinations. Our Assessment and Target Setting Policy explains this process in more detail. Please contact the school if you would like a copy of this.