Curriculum Design and Overviews 2020-2021

Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum aims to develop the skills, knowledge and cultural capital of our students so that they have the emotional maturity and confidence to become valuable members of their community.

At St Clare’s School we deliver a bespoke curriculum specific to the needs of our students. We strive to support the academic, social and emotional development of our students and this is reflected in the breadth and balance of our curriculum. Our curriculum map below illustrates the wide range of support we provide to students on a daily basis.

Curriculum Map March 2021

Curriculum Implementation

Due to Covid-19 some curriculum arrangements have been altered. If you require further details of this please contact the school directly.

St Clare’s School have 13 class groups. We currently have:

· Three groups in Year Seven

· Two groups in Year Eight

· Three groups in Year Nine

· Three groups in Year Ten

· Two groups in Year Eleven

 The School Day

A typical day at St Clare’s School includes 6 lessons lasting 45 minutes and a 20 minute Target Time lesson. All students have a 15 minute break midmorning and a 50 minute break for lunch.

8:45 – 9:00 Students Arrive at School

9:00 – Start of School Day

9:00 – 9:10 Registration

9:10 – 9:30 Target Time

9:30 – 11:00 Lesson 1 & 2

11:00 – 11:15 Break Time

11:15 – 12:45 Lesson 3 & 4

12:45 – 1:35 Lunch Time

1:35 -1:45 PM Registration

1:45 – 3:15 Lesson 5 & 6

3:15 – End of the School Day

Curriculum outcomes

All students at St Clare’s School access a broad and balanced curriculum. We deliver a range of academic and vocational qualifications which are differentiated to meet the needs of our students. The table below illustrated the curriculum subjects included at KS3 and KS4:


Number of lessons per week
Subject Area Year 7 and 8 Year 9 Year 10 and 11
Literacy 5 5 3
English 3 3 4
Maths 4 4 4
Science 2 3 4
Tutorial 1 1 1
Reflection 1 1 1
Physical Education 2 2 2
Citizenship 1 1 1
Person, Social and Health Education (PSHE) 1 1 1
Humanities 1 1 Option
Religious and Cultural Education 1 1 1
Art 1 2 Option
Food Technology 2 2 Option
Design Technology 1 2 Option
Information Communication Technology 1 1 1
ASDAN/Transition 3
Textiles Option
Horticulture Option
Hair and Beauty Option
Swimming 2
Expressive Arts 1


In year 10 and 11 students have the choice of two option areas for further study from a range of subject areas.

Curriculum Overviews

St Clare’s School follows a traditional secondary timetable which has been specifically adapted to support the learning needs of our students. To support learning in years seven, eight and nine we have developed a thematic curriculum which links learning in all subjects to provide the reinforcement our students need to establish learning and understand concepts. In years 10 and 11 our curriculum focuses on supporting life skills so that students successfully transition to a range of post 16 providers and achieving success in their academic qualifications. The documents below provide further details about our thematic curriculum and our subject specific curriculums.

St Clares School Thematic Overview

Curriculum Overview Textiles

Curriculum Overview Science

Curriculum Overview PE

Curriculum Overview Music Y7 and Y8 2021

Curriculum Overview Humanities

Curriculum Overview Food Technology

Curriculum Overview English

Curriculum Overview Drama Y7 and Y8 2021

Curriculum Overview Citizenship

Curriculum overview Art

Maths KS3 Curriculum Overview

Maths KS3 Progression

Maths KS4 Curriculum Overview

Maths KS4 Progression




If you would like further information about the courses or curriculum we offer please contact the school and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.

Qualifications and Accreditations

Students in Key stage 4 can undertake a variety of different pathways and have the opportunity to access the following qualifications:

English Language (GCSE)

English (Entry Level)

Maths (Entry Level and GCSE)

Maths Functional Skills (Entry Level)

Science (Entry Level and GCSE)

Physical Education (Sports Leaders Level 1)

Physical Education (Entry Level)

Humanities (History and Geography Short Courses)

Art (Entry Level and GCSE)

Food Technology (FoodWise Short Course)

Design Technology (Manufacturing Short Course)

Information and Communication Technology (Entry Level and Level 1)

ASDAN Personal Development Programme

Textiles (Entry Level)

Horticulture (ASDAN Gardening Short Course)

Horticulture (John Muir Award)

Hair and Beauty (ASDAN Hair and Beauty Short Course)


Curriculum Impact

The curriculum at St Clare’s School plays a significant part in the outstanding progress our students make. The simultaneous delivery of Entry Level awards alongside GCSE’s enables all of our students to achieve national accreditations wherever possible, while the learning involved in these programs supports our students to make successful transitions to a range of post 16 providers. Crucially our students develop the independence and confidence to be able to lead safe and happy lives as valued members of the local community.