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

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Kieron’s summer volunteering work

Year 10 student Kieron spent four weeks of his summer holidays helping out at One Vision Media Production Group with a boxing project. One Vision is a non-profit group which provides training courses for people with learning disabilities in all aspects of media production. One of their training courses is [...]

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Year Seven Mass

Today the whole of Year 7 came together to celebrate Mass for the first time at a year group. Fr Simon from Animate said the Mass and paused at various point to explain some of the reasons behind the words and actions. It was a wonderful occasion to celebrate our [...]

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Peer Mentors at Uni

A group of our students visited Bolton University with Miss Melling and Mrs Collins, as part of the SJF Stars Peer Mentoring Programme. They took part in a photo challenge around the campus with ambassadors from the university, had the opportunity to challenge themselves and face their fears on the [...]

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Year 7 Mass of Welcome

Year 7 Mass of Welcome: Friday 13 September 2019 at 9.15am We would like to invite you to join your child and our staff as we celebrate the start of a new year and a new chapter in your child’s education. This Mass is our special way of welcoming you [...]

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Support for families questionnaire

As a part of the SEND Transformation programme, Wigan Council is looking to improve the offer of support for families and the services they currently receive in the Wigan borough. A questionnaire has been developed and the consultation period will be taking place over summer and early into the new [...]