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

607, 2020

Remote Learning Update

The next set of work tasks for each subject area have been sent to pupil email addresses today and work updated on the pupil dashboard. Please complete and email finished work back into your teachers where appropriate. Teachers continue to be available for support via email. As part of the [...]

307, 2020

Teacher Training

We have been able to re-open Music and Drama with one more place available in each. Please contact us or apply through UCAS if you are interested in training for September. Music 2V39 (Placement schools OLQP and St Mary's) Drama 2QQQ (Placement schools Saints Peter and Paul College and St [...]

2206, 2020

Pupil Reminder

Thank you to pupils (and parents) for the continued effort to produce some excellent work across all subjects whilst working remotely. Please continue to send your work to your teachers where possible via email. Thank you and keep working hard Pupils - Please check your email regularly for updates, feedback [...]

1906, 2020

Year 11s

Important Update for Year 11: Hello everyone! I'm sure it hasn't escaped your notice but, had all things gone to plan, today we would have been preparing for the Leavers' Ball. There would have been spray tans galore, false nail and eyelash applications, fresh skin-fades administered, and many of you [...]