At St Mary’s we believe that all children are unique, with their own God-given gifts and talents. Our curriculum is broad, balanced and ambitious for all students.

We offer a suite of subjects that ensures we promote intellectual, creative and physical development in all students. We know that different children have different strengths and, for this reason, the children are placed into mixed-ability form groups and then set according to their ability for certain subjects when they start St Mary’s in Year 7. In over 50% of the lessons during the first year, the students are taught in their mixed-ability form classes, just as they were in Year 6. In subjects such as Maths, English, Science, and Modern Foreign Languages, the setting will be done according to ability. Increasing use is made of grouping by ability as students move through Key Stage 3. Students are also taught in slightly smaller mixed ability groups for Technology in order to ensure that all children are safe in the practical classroom. We believe that all students can benefit from studying a rigorous academic curriculum and have designed our Key Stage 4 curriculum around these principles. We offer a robust suite of GCSE and vocational subjects that are appropriate for our students and we firmly believe that this system is the fairest for all students and ensures that children are happy and achieve their best. This system has led to record levels of achievement at each Key Stage over the last five years.

The following diagram summarises our curriculum structure:


For further detail, please contact Miss Rossi (Director of Learning)