Key Stage 3

The curriculum at Key Stage 3 aims to meet the needs of all students.


We will ensure that each individual is valued and achieves success within a caring Christian community.

The curriculum is intended to reflect the Christian values held by the school, its Governors,

staff and students and should be considered in the light of this. We intend that the curriculum,

when put into practice day by day, will be another way in which the St Michael’s family demonstrate our core Christian values .


We liaise closely with the primary schools to place the students within sets in the core subjects. All students

follow the National Curriculum subjects throughout the three years of Key Stage 3. Within

this, there are also opportunities to provide extra literacy and numeracy for those who need

to boost their chances of higher levels, whilst extension classes are provided for our most

able students including triple science.


Students in Year 7 are taught in either mixed ability groups or set by ability. All study

English, Religious Studies,Art, Music, Physical Education, Geography, History, Technology,

Science, Spanish, Mathematics, Information Communication Technology, SEAL (Social and

emotional aspects of learning), Literacy and Citizenship.


The work done in PSHE and SEAL, whilst supporting and complementing that done in

other lessons, will be sufficiently different to encourage students to develop new skills and

new approaches to learning. It also provides for personal and social development.

Students assessed as requiring special help are given extra support within class or are

temporarily withdrawn to follow special programmes.


At St Michael's we believe we teach the National Curriculum in an exciting and innovative

way, combining traditional rigour with interactive learning. The curriculum is broad and

balanced to contribute to the education of the 'whole child'.


We aim to create an atmosphere in which young people are eager to learn, are motivated and disciplined.

We aim to help students to develop both intellectually and emotionally.


We aim to develop a curriculum which ensures contact with those major concepts and areas

of knowledge, skills and experience which will help young people to know more about

themselves and the society in which they live.


The curriculum should enable all young people to become:

  • • Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • • Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

The curriculum extends beyond the formal provision of lessons in the school and aims to encompass the relationships, values and beliefs included in the school's Mission Statement.

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