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Ss John Fisher and Thomas More
Roman Catholic High School

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Let all our bright
colours shine.

Subjects

The curriculum at Fisher More is divided into Key Stage 3 (Years 7 - 9) and Key Stage 4 (Years 10 - 11) and aims to prepare all our pupils for further education, employment and/or training as well as being fully prepared to make a contribution as citizens of 21st Century Britain.

Key Stage 3:
The curriculum at Key Stage 3 is designed to take all our pupils from KS2 to the point of being ready to start their examination courses by the end of Year 9.  It therefore concentrates on developing the knowledge and key skills in each subject area so that all pupils have the firm foundation necessary for examination success.

Year 7 focusses on smoothing the transition from the primary curriculum to the demands of the secondary National Curriculum. In Year 7, all pupils study the same range of subjects including the core subjects of Maths, English, Science, RE and PE as well as the full range of foundation subjects including a modern foreign language and a range of technological and creative arts subjects. 

Groupings vary across the curriculum in Year 7, 8 and 9 but they are sensitively arranged so that all pupils are able to access the curriculum and make good progress as a result. Setting occurs in all subject areas apart from technology and the creative arts; KS2 information as well as the results from CATs tests and reading ages are used in the setting process. Setting is regularly reviewed after internal progress data collections in school.  Pupils continue to be taught in sets in some subject areas as well as mixed ability groups in others. Year 9 is an important year for preparing all pupils to make the appropriate Option choices for KS4 and to complete all the necessary KS3 work ready for the work in Year 10. 

Key Stage 4: 

Fisher More offers a very traditional KS4 curriculum with most pupils studying 9 or more GCSE’s.  All pupils study English Language and Literature, Maths, at least two sciences, including Core Science, RE and PE.  Most also study three other subjects from a very extensive range of GCSE and some BTEC qualifications.  

There are other vocational elements to our KS4 curriculum; all pupils complete the local Employability Award as well as undertaking two weeks valuable Work Experience. All pupils access a comprehensive programme of careers education and information, advice and guidance, particularly through KS4. 

During the academic year, pupils from different year groups can experience 'Drop Down Days' during which cross-curricular themes are explored. These days can also be used to provide additional help and support to pupils in Year 10 and 11 in preparing for their final GCSE’s.