Curriculum Design and Overviews 2017-2018

The curriculum at St Clare’s has been designed to meet the needs of student’s academic and social needs. It has been designed with input from our students through the school council, and from feedback and consultation from all staff, and has been designed to take into account national curriculum initiatives.

One of the changes we have made for the 2015-6 academic year, has involved moving from a 7 period day, to a 6 period day. This has take place without changing the length of the school day. This has met the requests of the school council who wanted less lessons and an earlier lunch, whilst meeting staff feedback, that a slightly longer lessons would be beneficial and a reduction in the amount of transition during the school day. For an outline of the school day times, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

We have 11 tutor groups at St Clare’s. Two in each group from year 8 (3 in year 7) through to year 11.

Students in Key Stage 3 undertake a curriculum which includes:

  • English
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • Citizenship
  • Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE)
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Religious Education
  • Art
  • Food Technology
  • Design Technology
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT/Computer Studies)
  • Swimming (Year 7&8)
  • Tutorial Values program

Students in Key Stage 4 undertake a variety of different pathways and have the opportunity to access the following Qualifications:

  • Mathematics (Entry Level & foundation GCSE)
  • Maths Functional Skills (Entry Level)
  • English (Entry Level)
  • English Language (GCSE)
  • Science (Entry Level & GCSE)
  • Art (Entry Level & GCSE)
  • Religious Education (Entry Level & Level 1)
  • PSHE (Entry Level & Level 1)
  • Physical Education (Entry Level)
  • Sports Leaders Level 1
  • ICT – Functional skills (Entry & Level 1)
  • Food Technology or Design Technology (Entry Level)
  • ASDAN (Bronze, Silver, Gold)
  • Personal Progress Entry Pathways
  • And through our college link program our young people will access Skills for working life and either a course in Construction, Landscaping or Hair & Beauty.

Students at KS4 also follow a literacy program to enhance communication skills, Citizenship and Tutorial Values lessons


As part of an enhanced curriculum, young people at St Clare’s also participate in Horticulture and Creative Arts days, extra curricular clubs and activities, the John Muir Award and Enterprise initiatives.

Curriculum Overviews


Year 7 Curriculum Overview Spring Term 2018

Year 8 Curriculum Overview Spring Term 2018

Year 9 Curriculum Overview Spring Term 2018

Year 10 Curriculum Overview Spring Term 2018

Year 11 Curriculum Overview Spring Term 2018


Summer 2018 Year 7 -Curriculum Overview

Summer 2018 Year 8 – Curriculum Overview

Summer 2018 Year 9 – Curriculum Overview

Summer 2018 Year 10 – Curriculum Overview

Summer 2018 Year 11 – Curriculum Overview


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


The School Day


8:50-9:05      Students Arrive at School

Some students may participate in a Physical Literacy program or Social Skills activity.

9:05-9:30      Registration, Assembly, Tutor 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