CATHOLIC VOLUNTARY ACADEMY
The curriculum at St Bede’s follows the national pattern of being divided into the key stages of three and four. Key Stage Three is spread across years 7 and 8 and represents a transition from year 6 in the primary and the establishment of a solid base of preparation for the externally assessed courses of Key Stage Four. Key Stage 4 begins in Year 9 and continues until the end of Year 11.
In year 7 students are organised into 5 academic ability sets for English, Maths and Science. Timetable considerations allow for Maths to be set independently but the setting for English and Science classes is based upon prior attainment in both subjects. All other courses are taught in mixed ability groups.
In years 8 students continue to be in sets for English, Maths and Science and two parallel populations are formed for MFL, Art, Technology and PE each of which covers the full ability range. All remaining subjects are taught in mixed ability House groups.
In years 9, 10 and 11 students commence a curriculum based upon the option choices they have made in year 8. For English, Maths, Science, RS and Humanities students are organised into 2 bands based upon their overall academic ability. Within each band, classes are organised into academic sets. All other subjects are based upon the student uptake for each subject and are taught in mixed ability option groups.
PSHCE is organised into a rolling programme, involving 1 hour per week over 2 terms being dedicated to this subject area. All students participate in the PSHCE programme in school.
All students are offered the chance to make option choices that would fulfil the conditions for the English Baccalaureate (9 to 5 grades in English, Maths, Science, Humanities and MFL). St Bede's encourage all students of the appropriate academic ability to choose options that enable them to access the English Baccalaureate. For more information on the English Baccalaureate please visit the government website by clicking here.