Curriculum Intent

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 students enjoy a wide range of subjects and experiences.  We provide an accessible and enjoyable educational experience that ensures academic success, develops life-long skills, and offers a rich experience.  They 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:

Traditional Values

Learning for the Future

Outstanding Personal Achievement

  • Students are polite, considerate and respectful at all times
  • Students understand why being punctual and having excellent attendance is important
  • Students value and appreciate equality and diversity
  • Students take pride in their appearance and in all aspects of their school work
  • Students take personal responsibility for their own learning and progress
  • Students are well motivated, organised, adaptable and creative
  • Students show high levels of focus, concentration and listening skills in all learning situations
  • Students show clarity and confidence in both verbal and written communication
  • Students show resilience and adaptability in the face of challenges
  • Students are digitally, financially and culturally literate
  • Students are constantly striving to improve their knowledge, skills and attributes at all times
  • Students exhibit self-regulation and are excellent self-managers
  • Students act upon all forms of feedback, are aware of their own strengths and weaknesses and how to improve
  • Students are aware of how they learn best and remember important facts
  • Students understand how to look after their physical and mental health

 

Across our curriculum each year is designed to build to the next.  Curriculum planning focuses core and subject content knowledge and skills to aid our students’ knowledge recall, build their subject fluency and deepen their understanding.  Expert curriculum planning 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.  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.

Curriculum Entitlement

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 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 pathways in KS4 and KS5 with open choices for all students.  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. 

Inclusivity

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.