Curriculum Intent at St Martin’s
To inspire and empower all our students to Be The Best You Can Be.
Our whole school curriculum is designed to ensure our students make excellent progress and are proud to come to St Martin’s. Our knowledge rich curriculum is designed to ensure students enjoy a wide range of subjects and experiences. We provide an accessible, enjoyable and rich educational experience that is academically ambitious for all students to ensure academic success and develops life-long skills.
“THRIVE” symbolises the personal skills and attributes we develop in our students throughout their time at St Martin’s so that they truly can Be The Best They Can Be. THRIVE is delivered in all areas of the curriculum so that our students are acutely aware of the need for not only outstanding personal achievement, but core skills that will enable them to learn for the future, choose their own path and make a positive difference in the world.
Students leave us as well equipped responsible, extremely well-rounded young people who are able to choose their own future and are ready to make a positive difference in the world. The individual development of our students is woven into every aspect of our curriculum.
Our curriculum underpins the 3 strands of the school vision and ethos: Traditional Values, Learning for the Future and Outstanding Personal Achievement. Curriculum intentions for each of these strands are detailed below:
Learning for the Future
Outstanding Personal Achievement
Our curriculum is planned and sequenced so that each year is designed to build to the next so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before. It remains as broad as possible for as long as possible. Curriculum planning focuses core and subject content knowledge and skills to aid our students’ knowledge recall, build their subject fluency and deepen their understanding. The curriculum is expertly planned across all subjects as well as wider curriculum aspects such as PSHE and Fundamental British Values. This ensures we clearly define what children learn across each year and throughout their time at St Martin’s in order to achieve the desired end point for the curriculum. Our knowledge rich curriculum supports our students to access their next steps in education at every level as we believe the longer one continues in education and/or training the greater the reward and future success.
Our ambitious curriculum is broad and balanced and matches the demands of the National Curriculum at each stage so that our students can meet and exceed age related national expectations and progress well to their next phase of education. Much of what we do is linked closely to cultural capital. It really matters that students learn and enjoy things they will not necessarily experience at home or with their peers. We also pride ourselves on producing students who understand British values, respect diversity, equality, democracy and the rule of law.
Across our curriculum we clearly map our expectation of the rich knowledge, skills and understanding that are required in each subject. Teachers effectively adapt schemes of learning to meet the needs of students in their classes.
Across the wide range of subjects offered we robustly plan our progressive delivery to best secure our students’ learning and academic progress. We value the importance of a strong academic base of core subjects and the EBacc pathway in KS4. We review and bespoke our curriculum model balancing breadth and depth with context each year. Creative subjects are an important part of the curriculum for all years which is reflected in our option process where all our students have full access to all subjects in KS4 and KS5. This approach ensures flexibility whilst taking into consideration any local or regional influences alongside parent and student choice and needs within our offer and design.
The school’s strong commitment to inclusion and pastoral support means we have a range of provision to support all students’ needs to ensure they access the curriculum and all the school has to offer. Students who have Special Educational Needs who require additional help and support have personalised plans to ensure they can fully access their learning. St Martin’s provides these students with targeted support using a variety of resources within school whilst working closely with external third parties and agencies. We are committed to ensuring all our students have full access to everything on offer at St Martin’s including an extensive extracurricular provision. There are a plethora of trips and visits which enables our students to broaden their horizons beyond the classroom, developing their social skills and cultural awareness.
St Martin’s is able to access pupil premium funding to ensure that no child is deprived of theses life enriching experiences. Alongside this, the school’s extensive extracurricular programme further enhances every student’s own personal school journey with sports clubs and fixtures, drama clubs, shows, music clubs and concerts to name a few. Many learners follow the EBacc pathway providing a broad and balanced curriculum and we also tailor our curriculum accordingly with some students able to take a different pathway by completing the Prince’s Trust programme which has a real focus on developing essential life skills and preparing them better for the social and working world. As a school we place huge importance on social and emotional aspects of learning and understand that this can be a barrier to learning that needs rapid interventions. Students benefit from a range of support mechanisms such as the Risk Avert Programme, anxiety groups, commissioned counselling and parenting courses.