Our Curriculum

The Curriculum at St Gregorys
Saint Gregory’s curriculum encourages students to develop their talents, deepen their knowledge and become motivated independent learners within a caring Christian pastoral setting. High expectations and excellent teaching and learning opportunities create an atmosphere that allows students to thrive. We encourage our students to think for themselves, to become creative problem solvers ready to meet the challenges of an everchanging world.

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum offer is one that inspires and challenges. Students are introduced to a broad and balanced curriculum that will set the foundations for future study. Our educational experience extends beyond the classroom. We are committed to providing rich extra-curricular opportunities that extend learning and deepen skills.

We are committed to providing an all-round global education through the introduction of Mandarin in Year 7, extending our languages offer. Students can apply to join the British Council’s Mandarin Excellence Programme or visit our partner schools in Spain, France and Germany.

At Key Stage 4, students choose from a range of curriculum areas. We have developed a ‘tried and tested’ provision that allows breadth and balance. We are committed to providing our students with a choice of option subjects that matches their needs and interests.

Our Sixth Form, The New Sixth, which opened in 2013, continues to grow. This unique provision builds on the outstanding academic tradition of Saint Gregory’s. The New Sixth offers outstanding pastoral care, bespoke careers advice and inspiring post 16 learning opportunities that ensure students continue to grow and develop. We have a proven track record in preparing young people for post 18 careers, higher level apprenticeships and higher education, including Russell Group and Oxbridge universities.

We offer 24 A Level courses, from which students can choose the combination which best matches their future aspirations. Our personalised approach also extends to those who have not yet reached the entry requirements for Level 3 courses and need an additional year to develop skills and confidence through our Level Up programme.

Key Stage 3

All students follow courses in:

  • Core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science and Religious Education
  • Humanities: History and Geography,
  • Performing Arts: Music, dance and drama
  • Physical Education
  • Computing
  • Food Technology
  • Art
  • Modern Foreign Languages: Spanish, French, German (please contact school for policy and rationale regarding which languages are studied in each year group)
  • Personal, Health and Social Education (PHSE) and careers education are covered in tutor time and across the curriculum

Key Stage 4

Students study from a range of curriculum areas. Although the KS4 curriculum is reviewed annually to take into account developments in subject examinations and government guidelines we have developed a well ’tried and tested‘ provision which provides breadth and balance and enables the vast majority to achieve the English Baccalaureate. Parents and students are provided with up to date information and guidance when ready to choose options.

The general pattern of study is as follows:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Combined Science (2)
  • Religious Education
  • PE (non-exam)
  • PSHE (non-exam)

Students are also offered the opportunity to widen their subjects to include three options from:

  • Art
  • Catering
  • Computing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Geography
  • History
  • Modern foreign language (French, Spanish, German, Mandarin Chinese)
  • Music
  • PE
  • Photography
  • Triple Science

Key Stage 5

Students are able to choose from a wide range of level 3 courses at our shared sixth form, The New Sixth. You will find more information on the Key Stage 5 curriculum here

For further information on Curriculum and Assessment at St Gregory’s, click here.