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

1511, 2019

Class of 2019 Certificate Presentation Evening

Annie Gaskell won a host of awards at St John Fisher’s Certificate Presentation Evening while guest speaker Derek Heyes stole the show with his guide dog Archie. It was the Class of 2019 Year 11 Leavers’ night with last year’s pupils turning up to collect their certificates and prizes. Head [...]

1411, 2019

Anti-Bullying Week

Anti-Bullying Week happens in schools across England every November. This year's Anti-Bullying Week has the theme 'Change Starts With Us' and is happening this week, from Monday 11th November - Friday 15th November. Each year group this week has either received or will receive an assembly on the theme of [...]

1311, 2019

Accelerated Readers

This group of ‘Accelerated Readers’ have made a great start to Year 7 by being the pupils who have accumulated the most points or who have read the most books in the first half term. Well done everybody!

1311, 2019

GCSE Presentation Evening

Our GCSE Presentation Evening for our former Year 11 students is on Thursday 14th November 2019 starting at 7pm till 8.15pm. No refreshments will be available.

811, 2019

Scientific Calculators

IMPORTANT: Parents/Carers of Y10 and Y11 A scientific calculator is required by all pupils. This is particularly important for KS4 pupils, as calculator layouts can be different and pupils need to be familiar with their own calculator in exam/assessment situations. Please could you check that your child has a working [...]