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

1411, 2018

County swimmer Leila

Well done to swimmer Leila who has been selected for the Lancashire Talent Camp. Year 7 pupil Leila started having swimming lessons as normal and an instructor asked if she would like to join Wigan Wasps aged eight-years-old. She now mainly trains and competes with Wigan BEST, around six times [...]

1311, 2018

Red Box Project

St John Fisher has received its red box as part of the Red Box Project. The school has teamed up with The Brick, which works in Wigan to help all aspects of the community. The Red Box Project tackles period poverty and is for any young person who may need [...]

1211, 2018

100 per cent attendance

Well done to all our pupils who celebrate 100% attendance during the first August half-term. In Year 7, 114 pupils attended every day; in Year 8s and Year 9s there was 84 pupils in each year group who celebrated 100% attendance while in Year 10, 75 pupils were in every [...]

1211, 2018

Year 7 Teaching and Learning evening

Year 7 Teaching and Learning evening 6pm start on Thursday 15th November. All parents/guardians of Year 7 pupils welcome. Please return reply slips as soon as possible. Thank you