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Curriculum

In designing our curriculum, we seek to provide students with an educational experience which is broad, balanced, relevant and challenging. We operate within the framework of the national guidelines, while at the same time using the flexibility available to offer a programme that reflects our distinct mission and ethos.

We have a formal curriculum which consists of 25 one hour periods. To understand our curriculum, it is useful to distinguish between the two Key Stages that occur in the compulsory phase of secondary school education, and the Key Stage of Further Education*. These are set out below/right.

Our curriculum is ambitious and designed to give all learners the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life . It is is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning and employment. 

Our Curriculum Principles

  • Our Catholic faith is at the heart of the lessons we teach. We are helping to form citizens of the future to be kind, respectful, empathetic, responsible, knowledgeable, hard-working and moral.
  • We share a common desire to inspire and motivate our students.
  • Our planning will enable outstanding quality first teaching and learning opportunities in the classroom.
  • We are committed to inclusivity, diversity and equality of opportunity for all students.
  • We have high expectations of all students and will challenge them to go beyond finding the right answer and think critically.
  • Our progressive curriculum will develop resilient learners with the literacy skills to succeed both at school and beyond.
  • It has relevance for the mid-21st Century world in which our students will be living and working.
  • Our students will be provided with many opportunities to reflect upon their learning and feedback to their teachers.
  • Academic integrity will underpin our curriculum planning.

The specific curriculum vision for each department in the school can be found here.

For more information please contact us on info@finchleycatholic.org.uk

*Since 2015, education in England has been compulsory until 18. Schooling is compulsory to 16, thus post-16 education can take a  number of forms, and may be academic or vocational.