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 Curriculum Vision Statement

Our vision is for curriculum is to ignite pupils' curiosity and encourage them to confidently explore and understand the world around them through a broad variety of experiences .

A Koinonia student  will go out into the world happy courageous,resilient, motivated with a life long love of learning, fully equipped to make a positive contribution to society. 

Curriculum Principles 
  1. Celebrates and reflects our Federation’s social context
  2. Promotes our Christian ethos, offering opportunities for awe and wonder 
  3. Accommodates personal growth, expression and equality 
  4. Progressively builds on prior attainment through spiral model reinforcing previous learning 
  5. Intertwines skills and knowledge
  6. Encourages questioning, evaluation and creation 
  7. Utilises our locality and our contribution to our communities 
  8. Examines our place in the wider world and engages with global issues 
  9. Offers enrichment opportunities which in turn broadens our pupils' cultural capital

It is a curriculum for all and we pride ourselves in ensuring that each student will follow a pathway that will challenge and secure progress. Our innovative approach to curriculum design is rooted in believing that every student can achieve excellence.

KEY STAGE 3 (YEARS 7, 8 and 9)

We recognise that each student at the beginning of year 7 will come with a broad range of experiences, achievements and attainment from their primary schooling. Our key stage 3 curriculum is carefully designed to fully induct and integrate students into the secondary phase. There are three learning pathways: Omega, Gamma or Alpha which students follow for English, Maths, Science, Religious Studies and MFL, being set in the appropriate pathway for each of these subject. Students are taught all other subjects, including PSHE, in their mixed attainment Family Groups.

Students in the Omega pathway will thrive on the challenge and stretch that will build on the expectation that they have exceeded the required key stage 2 standard. Along with the core subjects of English, Maths, Science, R.S, French and Spanish, students will have lessons in the Social Sciences, such as Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology. The Gamma pathway is aimed at those students who have met the expected key stage 2 standard. Students on the Gamma pathway will study English, Maths, Science, R.S, French or Spanish and Social Sciences. Students who have not yet met the key stage 2 standard will start on the Alpha pathway. This will provide each student with the bespoke intervention that is needed for them to make the progress. Students will study English, Maths, Science, R.S, French or Spanish. The pathways are flexible and we will operate the necessary number of classes needed in each pathway.

Our St. Mary Magdalene curriculum vision statement and principles promote a connected curriculum at all key stages, where teaching intertwines both knowledge and skills and students are encouraged to understand the relevance of what they learn in a wider context, making meaningful connections between their subjects. To support this approach, students in year 7 ,8 and 9 will experience three Cultural Curriculum Days a year which will take them beyond the classroom, combining at least two different subject areas to enjoy bespoke days designed by staff which will enhance learning and increase cultural capital. These may involve trips off-site and workshops in school from practitioners.

KEY STAGE 4 (YEARS 9, 10 AND 11)

Students embark on Key Stage 4 at the start of year 10 and follow a core curriculum of English Language, English Literature, discrete sciences, Mathematics, French or Spanish, R.S, PE and PSHE. In addition to the "core", students have the opportunity to choose up to three "option" subjects. A few subjects begin elements of GCSE teaching in Year 9, to ensure students have time to gain the breadth and depth of knowledge needed to prepare for the GCSE examinations, but on the whole, we teach a two-year KS4 curriculum. At the end of year 11 students will be entered for GCSE examinations in at least eight subjects. 


In September 2021 we will be providing an all-through education from early years through to the age of 19 with opportunities for students to join us at each key stage. Our sixth form will welcome students from September 2021 and we will offer a fully academic curriculum with an extensive extra-curricular and social programme. Please see the sixth form page for more information about the application process.