At Bishop Challoner we aim to give the pupils a broad and balanced curriculum to ensure that each area of learning and experience is given appropriate attention. We want the pupils to be able to make informed and realistic choices at all stages. We hope that their enjoyment of our curriculum will encourage them to take up the challenge of lifelong learning and enable them to cope with future changes in society, technology and career patterns.
A broad curriculum will bring pupils into contact with the elements of learning – knowledge, skills, concepts and attitudes – and the areas of learning experience – aesthetic and creative, human and social, linguistic and literary, mathematical, moral, physical, scientific, spiritual, citizenship and technological.
We place emphasis upon the notion that teaching and learning processes are as significant as curriculum content in determining pupils’ progress and achievement.
Progression ensures that there is planned and logical development of teaching and learning through each stage of the curriculum. Regular meetings between Heads of Department and the Junior School Co-ordinator’s improve communications between the two sections of the school. Our relevant curriculum will take account of the previous learning of pupils and their readiness for new experience.
The core subjects of English and maths are taught from Years 7 to 11 and all pupils take GCSE examinations in these subjects. Science and Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish and French) also form part of our core curriculum and almost every pupil takes double or triple science and at least one modern foreign language at GCSE. Religious Education and physical education is compulsory for Years 7 to 11 and opportunities are available in the sixth form. The humanities, creative, performing arts and technological subjects are taken by all pupils at Key Stage 3 and Latin is taught in year 9. Personal, Social and Health Education is an important part of the curriculum and reflects the school’s aims and ethos.
Pupils can then opt to carry these onto GCSE and Advanced Level.
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