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Curriculum at St John’s

Our Intent

The curriculum at St John’s is designed to provide all pupils with a challenging and balanced education that continually builds upon their prior knowledge to enabling them to reach their full potential in all areas of the curriculum, discover their talents and prepare to be responsible, 21st Century Christians. It is our vision that we shape our pupils so that they understand how to make a positive contribution to their community and wider society, with an awareness of the challenges we face as human beings. The Gospel Values of love, respect, honesty,  generosity, creativity responsibility and justice are at the heart of all we do at St John’s and our curriculum aims to make these real and relevant in every area of school life; transforming thinking into actions. This is echoed in our mission statement – Loving to learn; Learning to Love.


Our Implementation  

Excellent planning and teaching provides personalised, inclusive learning so the needs of all pupils can be met; ensuring progress within the environment of high quality first wave teaching, supported by targeted, tailored interventions. A carefully sequenced, topic based approach to learning, encompassing high quality creative subject teaching across the curriculum, makes learning challenging and exciting for all pupils so they are able to make progress and thrive both academically and emotionally. Catholic Social Teaching is weaved throughout every subject that is taught at St John’s, with big questions and project work, equipping our children to put faith into action. This complements our attention to British citizenship and culture. Utilising the rich local history within the city, we are able to explore heritage and figures of interest through memorable trips and high-quality experiences. Our strong extra-curricular offer continues to shape and nurture our pupils through our commitment to sport, arts and play clubs.


The Impact


Through our authentic commitment to teaching and learning, the school currently holds an outstanding Section 48 judgement, a ‘Silver’ School Games Mark, Artsmark ‘Gold’ Status, an Oscar Romero Award for faith in action and were previously awarded ‘ECAR school of the year’. Our trusting partnership with parents and high expectations for all, means pupils become resilient and lifelong learners with a passion for social justice. Enjoyment of the curriculum is demonstrated through the children’s high achievements, excellent attendance, their confidence and exemplary behaviour. Our data reflects this with attainment consistently above national and local results. Pupils feel safe, loved and certainly thrive at St John’s.


For more information on the curriculum please read our curriculum newsletters and follow the link to the National Curriculum Website.                National Curriculum in England: Primary




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