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Statement of Curriculum Intent

Our Mission Statement states that faith, learning and service are at the core of everything we do to ensure that every child fulfils their God given potential. Therefore our curriculum is characterised by Academic Excellence and aims to allow our students to achieve their full potential and prepare them for the world of work and life beyond school. It will be broad and balanced (Education Act 2002 S78) so that every student is afforded the opportunity to reach their potential regardless of aptitude, ability or situation. Our CARE (Commitment, Aspiration, Respect, Excellence) values guide and lead us in the way we work together and strengthen the community spirit that is a hall mark of St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy.

Our curriculum aims to empower every student to develop as an independent, free thinking individual with a conscience underpinned by Gospel values, who can cope with challenges by developing resilience and living Christ’s message.  This will enable them to contribute positively to society, the Church and later to the world of work.   Our curriculum intends that students should ‘achieve excellence and overcome challenges’ and that most should aim to progress onto university.  As such we will offer a range of challenging GCSE subjects so that our students can compete with the best.  We will also seek to ensure that our provision also caters for those with vocational attitudes with dedicated Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance (including the Career Ready kitemark award post-16) and a broad and balanced curriculum that builds on skills as well as knowledge in a spiral approach across the five years that students are with us.   We recognise that there is more than GCSE outcomes to the curriculum and seek to offer all students an entitlement to a rich and varied extra curriculum through a ‘experience list’ of activities to partake in whilst with us.

We encourage all students, with the support of their families, to take all the opportunities which our curriculum offers, both within formal lessons and beyond the classroom, so that when they leave our school they can continue to ‘achieve excellence and overcome challenges’ in our world.