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The curriculum is defined as the total experience of a young person while at school.  We are proud of our curriculum at Holy Family, which we believe meets all statutory requirements and reflects our Catholic ethos and mission.  Our curriculum starts with the belief that everyone is uniquely created by God and of equal value.  Education therefore must enable our young people to develop their God-given talents, so that they can lead a fulfilled life and contribute fully to the common good.


  • The curriculum is the vehicle through which the school strives to fulfil its Mission Statement. The curriculum aims to
  • Teach the beliefs, doctrines and practices of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Encourage the development of moral values, along with respect and tolerance of other religions, races and cultures.
  • Provide the satisfaction of achievement to all students and to develop a sense of vocation.
  • Enable all to understand the world in which they live and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations.
  • Enable all to develop knowledge and skills needed for them to function effectively in and contribute to society.
  • Enable all to develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally, applying themselves with resilience.


We take into account a clear set of principles when we develop the curriculum. These principles ensure our curriculum plan will:

  • Show due regard for statutory requirements
  • Be tailored to the individual needs of students.
  • Enable all young people to become successful learners
  • Allow for personalisation and choice within a structured support system at KS4, with the development of impartial Information Advice and Guidance (IAG).
  • Provide opportunities for students to learn beyond the classroom.
  • Our curriculum builds on the skills and knowledge developed in our partner primary schools. As prescribed by the national Curriculum, the work of Holy Family follows two key stages up to the age of 16. 

What does the course involve?  

Mathematics is a core subject that provides students with life skills that they will carry forward with them when they leave school. Mathematics helps to develop mathematical thinking and problem solving skills which are essential attributes for the workplace, business and finance; and for personal decision-making. 

It is cross-curricular and students will find that they use some aspects of mathematics in many other subjects. Mathematics is particularly necessary for understanding science, engineering, technology and business. Students will develop functionality in mathematics and be able to apply mathematics to real-life situations. 

Students will develop a series of skills, not restricted to mathematics, that they will not consciously realise they are employing. These skills will allow them to process information, enquire and reason, be creative and finally, evaluate the information that they are presented with. 


Year 7 and Year 8 

Students in year 7 are initially grouped based on their KS2 results. Year 8 are taught in groups appropriate to their ability. Both years 7 and 8 follow the KS3 scheme of work. Each of the four classes in KS3 has 7 lessons per fortnight each for 1 hour. 

In year 7, we focus on mastery of number to provide a firm foundation for all of our students to succeed. We cover the following topics: operations, rounding (decimals and significant figures), fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio, proportion, indices and roots, standard index form, prime numbers, highest common factors, lowest common multiples and Venn diagrams. 

In year 8, we introduce algebra (notation, substitution, simplifying, expanding, factorising and solving), geometry (2D and 3D shape notation, perimeter, area, volume, angles and construction) 

Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 

In years 9, 10 and 11, students are taught in groups appropriate to their ability and follow the two-tier GCSE course. Generally we have 2 higher tier and 2 foundation tier groups. Higher or foundation entry will depend on the ability of the students in each cohort. The decision for GCSE entry level is made on an individual basis after careful monitoring and discussions between the each class teacher and their individual students. GCSE students are prepared for the new 9-1 Edexcel examinations (course code - 1MA1), which covers all aspects of number, algebra, geometry, statistics, probability, ratio, proportion and rates of change. Each class in year 9 has 7 lessons per fortnight each for 1 hour, classes in year 10 and year 11 have 8 lessons a fortnight, each for 1 hour. 


The range of learning activities 

Students will; 

  • develop mathematical communication by solving problems, using mathematical methods, posing questions, and producing reasoned arguments. 
  • represent problems using appropriate variables, symbols, diagrams and models. 
  • experience a wide range of learning styles from enthusiastic specialist teachers that incorporate both individual and group activities. 
  • be encouraged to work independently towards specific learning targets. 
  • learn how to effectively work as a member of a team, helping one another and giving constructive advice and feedback. 


How students will be assessed  

Students will follow a GCSE linear course examined at the end of year 11. Foundation tier covers GCSE grades 1 - 5 and Higher tier covers GCSE grades 4 - 9. Each tier will consist of 3 papers: 

Paper 1   1 hour 30 minutes         Non-calculator paper 

Paper 2   1 hour 30 minutes         Calculator paper  

Paper 3   1 hour 30 minutes         Calculator paper 

Students will take a tier of entry appropriate to your ability. 

We strive to develop a passion for mathematics through enthusiastic teaching, encouraging an investigative approach to learning and through varied teaching styles.  



In English at Holy Family we believe that every child should have access to a deep and knowledge rich curriculum. We believe that our students should encounter the best of what has been thought and written, and this begins on day one of Year 7 when they delve into Gothic Literature.

At Holy Family we endeavour to challenge our students to think deeply about the topics they are reading about and develop a wider cultural awareness through what they read. We believe that the challenge that they encounter not only serves to prepare students for the rigors of the GCSE curriculum, but also serves to develop them holistically.

Do you like animals, how the body works, investigating chemical reactions or do you see yourself as a future Nuclear Physicist? If the answer to these questions is “yes” then Science is for you. If the answer is “no” then there will still be many parts of your Science work that you enjoy. In short, Science is such a diverse subject that there is something for everyone! 


Key Stage 3: 

In Key Stage 3, students develop new practical skills and scientific techniques, linking ideas to the world around them and developing their understanding of working scientifically. Students follow a two year key stage 3 science course based upon the National Curriculum. They study a wide range of topics across the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics in their science lessons. This course prepares students for continuing their scientific study at GCSE from year 9. 


Key Stage 4: 

Science is compulsory at Key Stage 4. Students can opt to follow GCSE courses in the three separate Science disciplines (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) by choosing Triple Science as an option. Those who do not make this choice follow a Double Science course leading to two GCSEs. Below is a list of the key topics covered for each of the courses (most are common to both Triple and Double Science routes). Terminal assessment via exams takes place at the end of Year 11. 

Biology: cell biology; organisation; infection and response; bioenergetics; homeostasis and response; inheritance, variation and evolution; ecology 

Chemistry: Atomic structure and the periodic table; bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; quantitative chemistry; chemical changes; energy changes; the rate and extent of chemical; organic chemistry; chemical analysis; chemistry of the atmosphere; using resources. 

Physics: Energy; electricity; particle model of matter; atomic structure; forces; waves; magnetism and electromagnetism; space 



Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. It explores both the physical properties of Earth's surface and the human societies spread across it.  Geography plays a crucial role in understanding our world. It makes a vital contribution to our knowledge of the rapidly changing environmental and social challenges facing us and how we should tackle them.  It is a strong, traditional subject that can be of use to students when taking up a variety of further educational courses, as well as in the world of work. It also gives students an excellent platform and skills base to move on to A level studies and beyond in a wide range of subject areas.

Geography informs us about:

  • The places and communities in which we live and work
  • Our natural environments and the pressures they face
  • The interconnectedness of the world and our communities within it
  • How and why the world is changing, both globally and locally
  • How our individual and societal actions contribute to those changes
  • The choices that exist in managing our world for the future
  • The importance of location in business and decision-making

Students will explore case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs). Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes. Students will develop and demonstrate a range of geographical skills, including cartographic, graphical, numerical and statistical skills, throughout their study of the subject.

In History we always aim to deliver thought provoking and relevant lessons that challenge and encourage all students to discuss, their ideas and opinions in a safe and positive environment. We have created an interesting and varied curriculum that aims to inspire and excite students as to the role, purpose and significance of History within today’s society. We teach through a combination of overview, thematic and depth studies. In doing so, we also aim to enable students to develop skills beyond the classroom such as team work, forming and supporting an argument, and becoming independent learners.

History appeals to anyone keen to learn more about the world we live in today and how events in the past have influenced this. The course focusses on how our history has shaped the modern world and encourages debates and independent research. In History there is rarely ever simply one right answer and so we encourage students to use sources, DVD, cartoons and artefacts to help answer some of the big questions.


Why choose hospitality and catering– how about the excitement, the income, the lifestyle and getting to know new and diverse people?

‘Hospitality’ is the friendly reception and entertainment of guests, visitors or strangers. Whereas ‘catering’ is to provide people with food or drink at a particular event. So, why not combined the two? Use transferable skills to develop knowledge and understanding of this popular industry. You will also further develop your practical food preparation and cooking skills and be able to make a range of advanced skill dishes.

Here are just a few reasons why you should consider a career in hospitality and catering. * The industry has diverse careers * The industry attracts a high income * Employees get to do new and exciting things

* Employees can work all around the world * Employees get to travel * Employees can invent new and exciting dishes * Employees earn good money

* The industry uses new technologies

* The industry is practical based


Why choose engineering –its diversity, provides a good income, you get to travel, and working in engineering enables you to achieve great things?

To ‘engineer’ literally means to “make things happen”. Engineering is about the design and production of useful products and services. Engineering know-how converts scientific knowledge into technology and then technology into successful innovation. Many seemingly simple aspects of our daily lives have been conceptualised, designed and developed by an engineer.

Here are just a few reasons why you should consider a career in engineering. * Engineers have diverse careers * Engineers are in demand * Engineers get to do cool stuff

* Engineers work all around the world * Engineers get to travel * Engineers work on amazing projects * Engineers have a good work/life balance * Engineers earn good money * Engineers have a great lifestyle

The aim of the ICT department at Carlton Holy Family is to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to be able to make the most of new technologies across all aspects of their learning.

We have identified three key areas and have designed a curriculum which offers our students the opportunity to experience each;

* ICT - Equipping students with skills in using software productively.

* Digital literacy - Application of skills in a range of real-world contexts.

* Computing - The ability to design algorithms and computing code to provide solutions.

At Key Stage 4 students have the opportunity to study Information Technologies. This course builds on the skills learnt in KS3 and improves students’ knowledge of the digital environment and their confidence with IT. They learn about data management issues and develop practical skills by planning and creating an integrated technological solution to communicate information

As a school, Christ is at the centre of all that we do and teach, guided by the schools commitment to the fundamental principles of Catholic education. We endorse the belief that every individual is unique and loved by God and that human love is ultimately to be valued and treasured.

We work with young people in a way that always enhances self-esteem and self-worth and which encourages the dignity of every individual. We use a variety of learning experiences to enable students to enquire into matters of faith, belief, truth, justice, respect, freedom and religious commitment. Religious Education has a key role in pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education and impacts on learning in other subjects. We work with the chaplaincy, pastoral teams, and other organisations (e.g., CAFOD, Missio) to promote the development of the whole person. We recognise the diversity of the students in our school community in background, experience, ability and religious faith and promote a culture of respect through our work and studies. Students say they enjoy RE at Holy Family because “You get to discuss difficult questions”, “there are lots of debates and people can express their opinions and beliefs” and “no one judges”. Students say “As well as being a Catholic school, RE helps us to grow in faith, it opens our minds and gives us morals to live by.”

Why study Art?

Engaging in Art allows students to; have a more positive view of themselves; demonstrate improved achievement, engagement, collaboration and motivation; develop their personality, expression, critical thinking, their creativity and imagination.  Taking part in Art also helps students develop confidence and motivation, problem solving skills and communication skills.  These are all important transferable and life skills.

On the practical side, studying Art allows students to gain hands-on experience with a range of materials, and techniques, and it challenges them to find practical, visual solutions and outcomes to set tasks.  Often, these outcomes can be both exciting and surprising.  This can lead to inspiration for further creative work on chosen themes.

At Carlton Holy Family, the PE Department believe that a high quality PE curriculum will develop physical literacy and will allow pupils to learn about themselves, the importance of a healthy lifestyle and concepts such as fair play and respect. It also contributes to the development of a range of important cognitive skills such as decision making and analysis, and social skills such as teamwork and communication. Pupils in Year 9 have a chance to develop these skills further as a Sports Leader.

Our PE curriculum is inclusive and ensures that pupils of all abilities can access the range of activities we offer and that they are physically active for sustained periods of time in order to encourage them to lead healthy, active lives.

We are improving our programme of intra and inter school competitions which will provide opportunities for pupils to participate in competitive sports and activities both in and beyond the curriculum.

Business is all around us and touches our lives in so many different ways. At the Carlton Holy Family we provide learners with the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of the subjects that will empower them to make informed choices in the future, as well as the practical skills to succeed if they choose to pursue either Business as a career.

If students opt to study Enterprise & Marketing in Key Stage 4 then the OCR Level 2 course gives students the practical skills and applied knowledge they’ll need in business. Practical elements build on theoretical knowledge so that students can put their learning into practice while also developing valuable transferable skills.