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

1507, 2019

Public speaking

The St John Fisher public speaking team deserve praise for their excellent efforts in the recent Archdiocese Public Speaking competition which was held at St John Rigby College. We had three participants, all from Yr 8: * Charlie - Kate Davies who spoke about the media and the control it [...]

207, 2019

Faith’s London award

Good Luck to Faith in Year 8 who on Wednesday is off to the SoHo Theatre in London as she has been nominated for a Million Minuets Young People Award. Faith is fluent in sign language, which she taught herself, and gives up her free time to act as an [...]

2606, 2019

10R dig deep for CAFOD

10R should be very proud of themselves after raising an amazing £62 through donating spare change every morning during form time. After learning about CAFOD’s work in collective worship, students in 10R dug deep into their pockets and managed to raise this fantastic total. Their form tutor Mr Burke said [...]

2606, 2019

Music and Dance competition

Talented students from SJF attended the Archdiocese Media Competition at Liverpool Hope University. Both the dance and the music entries performed well and were a credit to the school. Our music entry won their category and received some very good feedback on their performance. The dance entry performed very well [...]

2106, 2019

Four sign scholarships

Four talented Year 9 boys have gained rugby scholarships with Super League rugby teams. Tom, Clayton and Danny are at Wigan Warriors while Daniel W will join St Helens. All the boys 14 and are members of St Jude’s ARLFC where Tom plays in the No 6 position, Daniel W [...]