Key Stage 3
Pupils have lessons in all National Curriculum subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Music, Physical Education, History, Drama, Geography, Religious Studies, PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and Design and Technology. One Modern Foreign Language (French or Spanish) is taught in Years 7, 8 and 9.
At the end of Year 9, pupils select their GCSE choices.
Key Stage 4
Pupils are encouraged to study a range of subjects within a broad and balanced curriculum at Key Stage 4. All pupils will follow a compulsory core of subjects: English, Mathematics, Science (Double/Triple) and Physical Education. As a Christian school, Religious Studies plays an important role and is a compulsory GCSE for all pupils.
Pupils then choose from an exciting range of optional subjects. The current offer includes: GCSE Art, GCSE Drama, GCSE French, GCSE Geography, GCSE History, GCSE Music, GCSE Physical Education, GCSE Resistant Materials, GCSE Spanish, GCSE Textiles, GCSE Computing, BTEC First in Business Studies Level 2 and NCFE Music Technology Level 2. Pupils must take one E-bacc subject in order to allow them to achieve the new ‘Progress 8’ performance measure. At present, pupils are allowed a free choice of whether to take the subjects leading to the full English Baccalaureate.
Since opening in September 2008 our Sixth Form has gone from strength to strength. There are approximately 200 students on roll. Students choose four AS levels in Year 12 and continue with three of them at A Level in Year 13.
Currently, over 20 subjects are offered at AS and A Level ensuring all career pathways remain open and that there is something for everyone.
Improving literacy is at the heart of everything that we do at Saint Cecilia’s through encouraging a love of reading, honing pupils’ writing skills and moulding confident, eloquent speakers who can access every opportunity available to them both at school and in the wider world.
For those who need extra support with any aspect of their literacy in school, we have a number of interventions and strategies in place to help. From the Accelerated Reader programme in Year 7 and 8, timetabled extra English lessons at KS4, small targeted reading groups and small group literacy programmes, such as Read-Write, at KS3, which are aimed at giving pupils focused attention and support tailored to their needs, we aim to ensure that every pupil has excellent literacy skills. We also operate a ‘Drop Everything and Read’ scheme to encourage pupils to make reading a part of their daily leisure activities and to emphasise the idea that reading is fun.
We believe in ‘learning outside the classroom’ so whenever possible, pupils are taken to places of educational interest and educational value, both in the UK and abroad. Many of these activities derive directly from curriculum work, though some take place at weekends and in the school holidays and are entirely extra-curricular.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Pupils are encouraged to take Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze and Silver Awards from Year 9 onwards. Pupils involved in the Award are trained in map reading, camp craft and First Aid skills, including CPR. Our Duke of Edinburgh Awards Ambassadors also volunteer at Wimbledon Park, maintaining their flower beds, in partnership with The Friends of Wimbledon Park.
Homework at is an essential part of learning at Saint Cecilia’s. It is an opportunity for pupils to consolidate their knowledge and understanding and to prepare for future topics. Homework is set regularly in each subject and the school uses an online platform called ‘Show My Homework’.
Parents also have access and can monitor what work has been set as well as their submission status.
Monitoring of Progress
All subjects conduct regular assessments of pupils’ progress and we report this progress to parents in several ways:
pupils receive termly grades in each subject showing current levels of achievement;
mentors make formal and informal contact where there is a concern or there has been exceptional achievement;
teaching staff offer telephone, e-mail or in-person contact with each child’s parents at least once per year and
every child receives a full, written Annual Report indicating strengths and weaknesses, levels of achievement and improvement targets for each subject.
The British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs are taught through the curriculum from Year 7 through to Year 13.