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La Sainte Union Catholic School

Curriculum Intent

Curriculum Intent

Our intent is encapsulated in our mission to provide our pupils with a curriculum based on Christian principles, which will broaden their minds, prepare them for life and enable them to become fully participating citizens who recognise the dignity and equality of each human person.

Curriculum design and development is at the heart of our improvement work. It is driven by our intention for pupils to develop global awareness with a respect and understanding of British values, other faiths, nations and cultures, a strong sense of civic and environmental responsibility, an ethos of positive behaviours with an ethical approach to the use of information technologies. Effective cross- phase collaboration ensures that we can rapidly identify pupils’ gifts, talents and potential as well as any gaps in their learning.

From Year 7, our development of mastery in core and foundation subjects ensures a knowledge rich curriculum with a strong focus on creativity, innovation, critical thinking, communication and most importantly collaboration. This is underpinned by our commitment to secure the highest levels of numeracy and literacy. Through curricular and extra-curricular learning, we cherish the rich cultural diversity our pupils bring to the community and we expand their cultural capital in order to build their confidence and facilitate a broad range of outstanding outcomes for them.

Year 9 provides a strong pedagogical bridge to learning in KS4 and we aim to ensure our pupils have bespoke advice at all stages and especially when choosing their options for the next stages of learning. At all stages, our unrelenting focus on eliminating gaps for disadvantaged pupils continues to be evident in the success of our pupils in a wide range of fields. Our curriculum aims to provide stretch and challenge for every pupil so that they become effective learners who have a love of learning.

Within our consortium at KS5, we offer seven different pathways. High expectations are coupled with hard work and careers advice so that students continue to grow in confidence both academically and pastorally and are able to develop clear, ambitious and realistic plans for the future.

Our curriculum is shaped by the communities we serve and thus our intentions are realised through our work with all stakeholders and not least our highly valued bond with parents and carers.