The Curriculum and Personal Growth

Our intention at Saint Augustine’s is to promote the personal development of every child. We want to ensure that the intellectual, artistic, spiritual, practical, social and physical gifts of our pupils are nurtured and developed.

At the core of our mission is the desire to bring to our pupils a knowledge and love of Christ and of our Catholic faith, liturgy and traditions, shaping their values and guiding them through every stage of their lives.

Our curriculum enables children to acquire and extend essential skills in literacy, numeracy and communication. Our approach to teaching and learning is intended to stimulate their curiosity, imagination and creativity. Our aim is to develop keen minds in young people who know that their individuality is valued. We also want to ease the disadvantages that some children experience as a result of personal circumstances, learning difficulties or physical disabilities.

The school emphasises the importance of high standards. Maximum success is achieved only though sustained effort and determination to improve. We have effective monitoring systems which regularly assess how pupils are progressing and we regularly share this information with the pupils and their parents.

We want every child at Saint Augustine’s to feel safe, happy and successful. We hope they will leave us feeling they have achieved their aims and with a positive experience of secondary education.

During their time at Saint Augustine’s, we prepare our pupils for when they will live and work with others in adult life. We do this by providing a friendly, disciplined social environment and the support of a caring community. We nurture in them an understanding of rights and responsibilities, respect and tolerance for difference, sensitivity towards the feelings and concerns of others and an active commitment to social justice. We want to show them how to be good citizens who contribute positively towards the wider community.

Alongside their academic progress, pupils are encouraged to develop a range of skills that are highly valued by employers. These include the ability to demonstrate initiative and responsibility, as well as the skills needed for collaborating successfully in teams and groups.

Learning is a lifetime activity. Being able to adapt quickly and positively to changing circumstances is a skill which is essential in the work environment our pupils will be entering.

 

The Saint Augustine's RC High School Curriculum...

Is broad and balanced - Students will develop intellectually, creatively, socially and physically. All students have the opportunity to follow all subjects of the national curriculum at KS3. While some subjects may bring GCSE topics forward into KS3 the school does not believe that early option choices encourage a broad and rich curriculum experience.

Is suited to the wide range of needs of our pupils - All students follow courses that are accessible yet suitably challenging to allow them to fulfil their potential. Additional resources will be provided for those pupils who find the curriculum most challenging.

Provides enjoyment, boosts self-esteem and raises aspirations - The curriculum motivates all students to want to learn and succeed. It allows the God-given variety of gifts and talents to flourish for all pupils. This incorporates a full extra-curricular programme that encourages students to take part in the wider life of the school.

Promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural development - All students will develop as confident young adults, secure in the Catholic faith, who will play an active part in society as well-rounded citizens through the totality of their educational experience.

Encompasses the acquisition of personal, learning and thinking skills - All subjects will emphasise the importance of these skills through cross-curricular activities, developing resilience, independence, curiosity and engagement.

Emphasises the importance of Literacy and Numeracy - All students are able to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in Literacy and Numeracy in all subject areas as well as through discrete lessons in English and Maths. All pupils are assessed on their reading ability on entry to the school and additional support is given to pupils who are below the expected level. 

Prepares young people for the future - All students will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and understanding to achieve as highly as possible at Key Stage 4 which in turn will allow them to access the courses and qualification routes that best suit them. In determining the subjects that make up our Key Stage 4 offer we take into account the Lancashire Skills and Employment Strategic Framework

Pillars of Growth

 

English Baccalaureate - The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is an accountability measure in England which measures the proportion of children who sit GCSEs in English, Maths, Science, a humanity and a language (arts, creative and technical subjects are not included and Religious Education is not counted as a humanity). While we acknowledge the importance of all of the pillars within the Ebacc, all pupils have a free choice of options in Years 10 and 11.


 

Subject  Overview

St Augustine's follows the national curriculum set down by the government but there is much more to what we offer than simply meeting legal requirements. We believe that, given the right curriculum and learning opportunities, every young person can succeed and fulfil their potential. 

 

dt but
Design Technology
Food & Nutrition | Design Technology
Systems / Electronics
sci but
Science
Biology | Chemistry | Physics
eng but
English
Curriculum Overview
re but
Religious Education
Curriculum Overview

pe but
Physical Education
KS3 Roadmap / KS4 Motorway
 GCSE & Sports Studies

mus butMusic
Curriculum Overview

ma but
Mathematics
KS3 | KS4
ml but
Modern Languages
French | Spanish
cs but
Computer Science
Curriculum Overview
gg but
Geography
Curriculum Overview
his but
History
Curriculum Overview
dm but
Drama
Curriculum Overview

Art pic
Art
Curriculum Overview

pshe image sm

PSHE
Curriculum Overview | A Guide for Parents

Business 1
Business
Curriculum Overview

 

 

 

 

Year 9 Options

It may seem like no time at all since your child first set foot into St Augustine's and yet here they are in Year 9 having to select their GCSE options already. You can help them make the right choice by discussing future career pathways and option choices. 

Letter from Mr Holden (Deputy Headteacher - Curriculum)

Options Booklet 2022

Recording of Options Evening Information Talk  (19th Jan 2022)