Our Subject areas aim to provide stimulating learning environments that enhance and develop every child’s unique qualities, whilst preparing them for a lifetime of learning. Subject areas regularly collaborate across specialisms and this is evident throughout the school year in events such as Rock Challenge, Textiles Rocks, Art and Technology exhibitions and school fieldwork opportunities.
> Please follow the links to the right for an overview of each subject area
Removal of National Curriculum Levels
National Curriculum Levels have been removed from programmes of study. One of the major concerns the Department for Education identified with the use of levels was that they did not inform students or parents what they needed to do to improve, they were simply a number. At St Peter’s, we consider the “big ideas” which make up a subject, and then identify the key skills and knowledge that students require to become secure in that area. Parents and their children will be made aware of these to enable our young people to understand what is expected of them within each curriculum area.
The Pastoral Curriculum
Tutor groups meet daily with their tutor. During this time a wide range of activities are covered including a daily opportunity for the Tutor Group to have a short period of prayer and reflection. Tutors will check students’ planners one morning of the week and there will be opportunities to improve Literacy by students reading a book of their own choice. There is an assembly each week, led by the Year Leader and their team, which includes involvement of students, staff and, on occasions, outside speakers. The assembly is a time for spiritual reflection, an important opportunity to reward achievement of students and to keep them informed of events at St Peter’s.
Each of the eight tutor groups are named after a saint and once or twice each half term, students meet in Vertical Tutor Groups (colleges). Here they mix with students from the same College from all years, thus building the sense of community across the whole school.
There is a comprehensive tutor programme that tutors deliver during tutor time. Sessions are spent exploring attributes of the Positive Behaviour for Learning focus for the term, philosophical thinking, study skills, careers and spiritual development.