The St Michael’s Curriculum is inclusive, stimulating, exciting and challenging, providing pupils with opportunities to grow in body, mind and spirit and experience the joy and ‘hope of life in all its fullness.’ (John 10)
We aim to deliver an outstanding education for our young people, encouraging every individual to ‘be the best they can be’ to flourish in a learning environment where the pursuit of excellence based on the highest expectations from and for all, is the norm.
God is at the heart of all we do, with the Christian values underpinning our focus on character education and promotion of wellbeing, encouraging our young people to develop resilience, confidence and leadership qualities, leaving our school as independent individuals with high aspirations, well equipped for life in the 21st Century.
The curriculum is broad, balanced and challenging, allowing all pupils to acquire the knowledge, skills and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. It goes beyond the National Curriculum and prepares our young people to contribute significantly to society outside of St Michael’s. Charity and voluntary work provide opportunities for pupils to serve God, thus developing a strong sense of community and an understanding of their place and purpose in the world.
The EBacc plays a strong role in our curriculum and encouraged as a pathway for all pupils. However, the Performing Arts, technology and design subjects are also recognised for the important part they play in developing the ‘whole child;’ allowing pupils to grow in confidence and creativity, thus nurturing their talents, celebrating their ‘uniqueness’ and seeing themselves as a valued child of God.
An ambitious and extensive array of wider curricular experiences enhance the ‘taught’ curriculum, with more than sixty clubs available and residential educational visits both in the UK and abroad, providing our pupils with moments to grow spiritually and really appreciate the awe and wonder of God’s creation.
The social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of our pupils and the promotion of fundamental British Values are also at the heart of our learning experiences. These are explicit, not only in all subjects of the curriculum, but also highlighted in Living Education lessons and in the four Christian Values Enrichment Days. On these days pupils undertake a wide range of creative and teambuilding activities and educational visits based on encouraging tolerance and the understanding of different cultures and beliefs.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 all pupils study; English, Mathematics, Science, French, Geography, German, History, Religious Education, Technology, Information and Computing, Art, Music, Dance, Drama, Physical Education, Learning to Learn, Citizenship and Living Education (Personal, Social, Health Education).
In Year 9 pupils continue to study English, Mathematics, Separate Sciences, Religious Education, Physical Education, Citizenship and Living Education (PSHE), a Modern Foreign Language, either History or Geography and two further option subjects. They also take part in the Curriculum Enrichment programme, which covers a wide range of subjects, including Technology, Textiles, Food and Nutrition, Dance, Drama, Music, PE, aspects of Geography and History and ICT. Pupils also take part in voluntary and charity work in the community, are involved in environmental projects both in school, in Chorley town centre and at Cuerden Valley Park and all are enrolled in the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. Visits to places of work and lessons led by the DWP, LearnLive and Santander also complement the school’s Careers programme.
Key stage 4
At Key Stage 4 all pupils continue to study English (Language and Literature), Mathematics, Science (either Combined Science or Separate Sciences), Religious Education, Physical Education (non-exam course), Citizenship and Living Education (PSHE). They must also study at least one of the following; History, Geography or a Modern Foreign Language. A small number of pupils also attend courses at Preston’s College, including Automotive Engineering, Child Care and Construction.
In consultation with parents and staff, the options open to pupils in Years 9-11 are:
- Business Studies
- Computer Science
- Design and Technology
- Food Preparation and Nutrition
- Vocational ICT
- Music Technology
- Physical Education
Parents have the legal right to withdraw their children from Religious Education or collective worship. The Governing Body would be surprised and disappointed if any parent who had accepted a place in this Voluntary Aided Church of England High School were to do so. Any parent who does wish to exercise that right should contact the Headteacher.
Year Group Curriculum Planners 2020-21
Alternatively, please visit the Drop in Clinic.Further information about the curriculum is shared at Information Evening and Option Evening. Individual enquiries should be directed to Deputy Headteacher for Curriculum:- email@example.com
Every Tuesday from 15.30 to 17.00
No appointment necessary