Our Curriculum

At Wyvern St Edmund’s, our aim is that every student becomes the best version of themselves that they can be. Every policy and procedure has our students’ best interests at heart and is mindful of staff workload and wellbeing.
Our vision is enacted by way of every member of staff, whatever their role, working to safeguard the wellbeing of our students and to maximise their progress. Of equal importance for us is their personal growth, self-discipline and the self-discovery of their passions and God-given talents. Every member of our school is treated with dignity and respect and is shown care and consideration. The Christian values of love and compassion inspire our commitment to the promotion of ‘life in all its fullness’ and are at the heart of all decisions that we make.

The Wyvern St Edmund’s curriculum is designed to provide challenge and support in equal measure to ensure that all students can achieve their potential regardless of their ability. We regularly review our curriculum to guarantee that it fits the needs of our students and we pride ourselves on providing an innovative and individualised approach to teaching and learning.

Our curriculum not only gives students the opportunity to achieve academic success but to develop as independent learners and responsible citizens. Our moral purpose to equip students with the best possible chance of success in their futures is at the heart of every decision we make and gives us a clear focus when making decisions about programmes of study for students.

 We have very high aspirations for our students and expect them to take ownership and responsibility for their success by maintaining an excellent attitude to learning.

As a Church of England Academy we place high value on the teaching of Religious Studies in order to provide students with knowledge of faith, spirituality, religions and beliefs. In doing so we are teaching our students to uphold the British values of tolerance and understanding and equipping them with the skills necessary to be responsible citizens. As such, all students study RS from Year 7 and complete the full course RS GCSE course in Year 11.

 Key Stage Three Curriculum Year 7 -9

At Wyvern St Edmund’s, students are encouraged to discover and cherish their individual talents and so we provide a broad curriculum in order that their gifts and talents can be cultivated. At Key Stage Three, students study the traditional academic subjects: Maths English, Languages and Humanities and alongside these we offer a healthy mixture of Arts and Technology subjects. PE, Dance, Drama, Music are taught as distinct subjects and students follow a carousel of Technology lessons enabling them to study Food and Nutrition, Textiles and Graphic Design throughout the year.

 Key Stage Four Curriculum Year 10 and 11

The Key Stage Four curriculum for students begins to take shape in Year 9, when students are recommended for one of three GCSE pathways, see booklet below, to follow in Year 10 and this is conducted through discussion and information evenings with parents, carers and students.

Most students will continue to study the traditional subjects at GCSE: Maths, English Literature and Language, Science, RS, a humanity subject and a language, but will also have a choice of any other subject from a wide range of Arts, Design and Technology and contemporary subjects.

For some students, this programme of study is not appropriate for their educational needs so we create a personalised GCSE package that is more suitable for ensuring their success at Key Stage Four.

A rich and varied package of after-school enrichment activities are available for all students from Year 7 – 11 to afford them the opportunity to continue to experience and develop their skills outside the classroom. This is particularly important when students reach Key Stage Four and will no longer study all the subjects on offer at Key Stage Three.

Please click here for an explanation of our curriculum and the principles which lie behind it.

Please click here for detailed information about subject specific curriculum plans.

Please click here for the year 9 pathways booklet.

Please click here for information about our KS4 studies (including exam board information).

If you wish to know more please contact the Deputy Headteacher, Mr Daniel Jeffries at djeffries@wyvernsteds.org.