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

2401, 2020

National Holocaust Memorial event

Our Performing Arts Department was selected to represent Wigan at the National Holocaust Memorial event today. They performed Drama, Dance and Music at the event held in Wigan town centre. As always our pupils performed wonderfully with maturity and passion.

2401, 2020

Young writers wanted!

If you know any talented young writers in Years 9, 10 and 11 who live near Wigan and love to write - then please contact louisethepoet@live.co.uk. The group is all about enjoying writing, talking about ideas and getting your work heard.

2401, 2020

Rabbit found!

We have found a pet rabbit on the school premises today, our staff in the science department are kindly keeping the rabbit calm and safe. Please contact the school office if you have lost your pet. Thank you

2201, 2020

Edge Hill University – event for Parents and Carers

Throughout the year, Edge Hill Univeristy hosts events on-campus which are designed to provide information and guidance to parents and carers of students (from Year 9 to 13) who are considering university as an option in their future. These events provide attendees with an overview of Higher Education and the [...]

2101, 2020

Become a teacher!

Are you looking to train to be a teacher? Applications are now open. Wigan and West Lancashire Catholic School Direct is a teacher training programme for local schools which provides ‘on the job’ training. For courses, helpful tips and information on how to apply go to catholicsd.org.uk/