Curriculum

Religious Education

The spiritual development of pupils is of the utmost importance and the reason for the school’s existence. All pupils receive two and a half hours of Religious Education each week and the subject is taught in accordance with the Articles of Government following the Liverpool Archdiocesan syllabus.

Key Stage 3 – Years 7-9

All pupils follow a common curriculum: Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Food and Nutrition, Drama, Product Design, History, Geography, French, Music, Art, Physical Education and ICT. In Year 8 and 9 some pupils are able to study a second language, German or Spanish in alternate years.

Key Stage 4 – Years 10-11

All the pupils take the following subjects to examination level: Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, Physical Education. Through our options process, pupils can choose to study three additional subjects from the following: Art, Ceramics, Drama, Music, History, Geography, French, German/Spanish (alternate years), Product Design, Food & Nutrition, ICT GCSE and Environmental & Land Based Science.

A small number of carefully selected pupils may pursue a more vocational route via a very successful alternative curriculum. This involves local college courses, work placements and a reduced academic curriculum based on the core subjects.

Sex Education

Aspects of the spiritual, moral and social areas of sex education are considered within Religious Education at appropriate levels. Issues relating to health, biology and emotional well-being are also covered in Science. Sex and Relationships Education is also a key part of the complementary programme.

Special Educational Needs/ Learning Support

Our Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCO) liaises closely with our primary feeder schools and acquires information on all children who have been identified as having a Special Educational Need. In their first term at Holy Cross they will undergo diagnostic assessment to give a clearer picture of the support required. Most will be placed in smaller group situations where they will receive more teacher contact. Parents are kept informed of progress and invited to Review Meetings at least once a year.

Children at School Action and above have Individual Education Plans drawn up highlighting their needs. These are given to all subject staff to enable them to develop individual, subject specific targets. Children move up or down the stages depending on their progress. School Support Assistants are used for in-class support and withdrawal of small groups for Additional Literacy support.

Further information

For further information on our curriculum, please contact one of our reception team who will direct you to someone who can help you.