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

2203, 2019

Football Scholarships

We are delighted to announce that two SJF students have been awarded Football Scholarships. Deputy Head Boy Sam will go to Conference side AFC Fylde from July and he will be studying alongside his scholarship, with a BTEC in Sport. Emma has signed a two-year contract for Liverpool Under 23s. [...]

2003, 2019

Computer Science is GR1000!

Mrs Carter’s Computer Science students have been learning about the binary system. Year 8 and Year 10 classes entered their excellent work into a raffle style draw recently for T-shirts and watches. The winners are pictured wearing their funny T-shirts which share binary in-jokes and the watches that are amazing [...]

1903, 2019

Lenten Evening

On Tuesday 26 March at 6pm, there is a Lenten Evening of Prayer and Reflection in the O’Brien Hall. One of our Year 10 pupils is organising it as part of his Gold FIA Award. It promises to be a lovely evening and a perfect way to prepare for Lent. [...]

1903, 2019

Uni:4U deadline

In last week’s assembly, Y10 pupils received a presentation from representatives of Uni:4U and from Y11 students who participated in the programme last year. The Uni:4U programme allows Y10 pupils to visit a range of universities and higher education facilities in the Greater Manchester area. There they will take part [...]

1903, 2019

Y7 Parents’ Evening

REMINDER – Year 7 Parents’ Evening There is an opportunity this Thursday (21st March) 4-6.30pm for parents of Year 7 pupils to discuss their child’s progress with subject teachers. Mrs Stanton, Head of Year, will also be available should you wish to meet with her. On arrival please enter through [...]