Introduction

The mission of The Catholic High School, Chester is to provide the best Catholic education for all.

Our curriculum is designed so that the learning pathway of all students is broad, balanced, and appropriate. The curriculum has strong foundations in the National Curriculum and prepares students for the demands of the GCSE courses followed in year 10 and 11. As such, we do not think in terms of Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 anymore but rather in terms of a 5-year curriculum journey. We operate a two week timetable based on 48 I hour lessons with 20 minutes of tutor time a day as well.

In Years 7-9 all students study RE, English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Art, Drama, Food Technology, French or Spanish, Computing, Music, PE and Technology. Students also use their tutor time for their taught PHSCE (Personal, Health, Social and Citizenship Education) through our challenge programme.

As students move into Year 10 they are given the opportunity to follow certain subjects. All students follow a core curriculum of RE, English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, and Science as well as core PE. Our current option offer can be viewed here.

Finally when students reach our 6th form they will then study 3 A’Level subjects as well as core RE lessons. Our current prospectus can be find here.

All students are placed in tutor groups and in years 7. 8 and 9 they are taught in these mixed ability groups for many lessons. We do set students in year 7 and 8 for Maths, Science and Modern Foreign Languages. This is extended in year 9 into further sets for Humanities, Computing and MFL.

Any questions about the curriculum provision can be answered by:

Curriculum Leaders

Mr A Wilson, English

Mr A Aubrey, Maths

Mrs H Hodgeman, Science

Mrs A Appleton, RE

Ms L Van der Zwan, Art

Mr D Baddeley, Business and Computing

Mrs H Higgins, Design & Technology

Miss C Bradley, Drama

Mr D Whittingham, Geography

Mrs K Ellis, History

Ms C Forster, Modern Foreign Languages

Mr K Tout, Music

Mrs H Waites, Physical Education

Mrs F Sommerton, Psychology