The Curriculum at SJF2018-10-03T13:39:56+00:00

The Curriculum at St John Fisher Catholic High School

The St John Fisher curriculum is built on our Catholic values of justice and equality and we learn together as a community in Christ. Our holistic curriculum is tailored to equip ALL of our pupils with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to become well-rounded, highly educated British citizens, able to make significant contributions to 21st century life.  St John Fisher Catholic High School provides a broad and balanced curriculum that allows our young people to thrive and flourish, and it inspires all to achieve well.

KS3 (Year 7 -9)

In 2014, the government slimmed down the KS3 National Curriculum to allow schools to be more creative with their curricula. Here at SJF, we use KS3 to upskill our pupils so they are ready for the challenges of GCSEs and beyond. We build on pupils’ prior knowledge and ensure that our teaching is challenging, so they can make strong progress.  Details of the content of the taught curriculum can be found in the individual department pages.

KS4 (Year 10 & 11)

At KS4, all pupils take a range of subjects at GCSE. Some pupils also take GCSE equivalent courses which are tailored to their individual needs. We ensure that all pupils take a series of options that is appropriate for their transition to post 16 employment, education or training, and also maintains the broad and balanced curriculum we pride ourselves on. Details of the content and exam boards of the KS4 courses can be found on the individual department pages.

New GCSE courses are now being taught in all subjects.  Please read DFE document to parents for information about the changes. The key features of these new GCSEs include the grading which is from 9 (highest) to 1 (lowest) rather than A*- G, and the increase in more challenging content. Some AS level work has been introduced to some subject specifications.  All subjects contain less controlled assessment and in many subjects this element has been removed completely.

Curriculum Structure

The subjects studied are listed below. The numbers are the number of lessons in that subject per fortnight as we operate on a 2 week timetable rotation

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Extra Curriculum

As well as a broad taught curriculum, we offer a varied and exciting extra curriculum too. All pupils have opportunities to enrich their experiences with a range of clubs, trips abroad, sporting activities and performing arts shows. Visit the extra curriculum link to see the range of events this term. The opportunities are plentiful and pupils are encouraged to take advantage of as many as they can during their time with us.

Latest News

2101, 2019

Cafod visit was inspirational

‘My dear young people, a better world can be built as a result of your efforts, your desire to change and your generosity.’ Pope Francis On Friday the Faith in Action group spent the morning working with CAFOD. We were lucky to be the first school in the country to [...]

2101, 2019

Accelerated Readers!

start: Congratulations to all Year 7 pupils who were presented with certificates for the top 10 borrowers and the top 20 points scorers (pupils who have scored the most points in the quizzes that test understanding) after one term of using Accelerated Reader. Accelerated Reader matches pupils to books that [...]

2101, 2019

Year 9 Parents’ Evening

There is an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with subject teachers on Thursday 24 January, 4pm until 6.30pm. Please park on the school playground, access is via the entrance at the top of Baytree Road. Pupils attending the evening should do so in full school uniform. If you have [...]

1801, 2019

Running superstars

Well done to our running superstars who took part in the Wigan and Leigh Schools Cross Country competition at Leigh Sports Village. The Year 11 girls raced to first place while the Year Seven boys finished second. Congratulations to the following runners who have qualified for the Greater Manchester Cross [...]

1701, 2019

Dropping off/collecting students

Just a reminder - please be mindful of residents, pedestrians and the primary school when dropping off/collecting students from school. Also please do not park on double yellow lines and cause obstruction. Thank you!