Close

Download our FREE smartphone app today!

Get the app

Curriculum Overview

If you wish to find out more or more specific information about our curriculum please visit the Contact Us section of the website and send us a message via the online form. One of our colleagues will then be in touch to discuss your enquiry. 

At Bishop Challoner we work in close partnership with parents to provide a balanced caring education. The curriculum is the whole experience of our pupils including activities taking place off site. We follow the National Curriculum framework and RE is a compulsory subject.

Bishop Challoner has always demonstrated strengths within the Arts and Humantities. We maintain these successes while introducing many modern subjects. The curriculum is delivered in 50 minute slots; there are 30 periods in the taught week.

As part of the curriculum our students will pursue a series of compulsory enrichment activities; these include Work Experience, Sports Activities etc. Information Communication Technology (ICT) will be used to facilitate learning in addition to meeting National Curriculum requirements. Through a Personal, Social and Health Education course, students gain awareness of related issues and an understanding of personal development. Equal opportunities, study skills and careers education will form a major element within the programme.

At all stages our Learning Support Department will be involved with students’ additional needs. Differentiated learning methods will be employed to ensure that students at all levels of ability take full advantage of the curriculum.

Regular testing and assessment is integral to the curriculum with full reports sent to parents/guardians annually. Parents/guardians will be encouraged to co-operate with the school by monitoring their child’s work and activities, by frequent inspection of the Homework diary and by attending meetings arranged for the purpose of discussing student’s progress.

In the Lower School (Years 7 to 9)

Lessons in Year 7

Subject

Periods per week

English

5

Mathematics

4

Science

4

Religious Education

3

Geography

2

History

2

MFL

2

Design & Technology     

2

Art

1

Drama/Music

1

ICT

1

PE

2

Dance 1


PSHE is taught through a programme delivered throughout the year 

Lessons in Year 8

These continue as in year 7 with the exception of Science which is banded across the two halves of the year. Lessons continue to have the same time allocation each week.

Lessons in Year 9

The curriculum offered is the same as for years 7 and 8. Languages are taught in half year groupings.

Lessons in Year 10

In the Upper School (Years 10 and 11)
Four subjects are compulsory at GCSE These are: 

Subject

Periods per week

Mathematics    

5

English

5

Science

6

RE

3


Girls must study three other subjects from the following list:

Modern Foreign languages (French or Spanish), Art, Music, Business Studies, Media Studies, History, Geography, Music, Drama, PE and Technology (Product design, Catering, Textiles and Food Technology) In addition all girls in the upper school have 2 periods of PE each week.

Science – Girls who have a particular aptitude for Science are encouraged to study three separate sciences (Triple Science) with two science subjects being delivered through the core science curriculum and the third through an option choice.

Careers and Work Experience

All girls will receive guidance interviews through the course of Years 10 and 11. Individual interviews help them to make informed choices about their educational or work related pathways at the end of Year 11. All Year 10 girls take part in a period of work experience (minimum of one week) at the end of Year 10 which is used to support the work related learning curriculum.

Subject Qualification Exam Board

Art

GCSE         

Edexcel

Drama

GCSE

Edexcel

English

GCSE

AQA

English Literature

GCSE

AQA

Mathematics

GCSE

Edexcel

RE

GCSE

AQA

Science (Dual Award)

BTEC

Edexcel

Science

GCSE

Edexcel

Science (Triple Award)

GCSE

AQA

French

GCSE

Edexcel

Spanish

GCSE

Edexcel

Geography

GCSE

Edexcel

History

GCSE

AQA

Music

GCSE

Edexcel

PE

GCSE

Edexcel

PE

BTEC

Edexcel

Statistics

GCSE

Edexcel

Media Studies

GCSE

AQA

Media Studies

BTEC

Edexcel

IT

GCSE

Edexcel

IT

BTEC

Edexcel

Business Studies

GCSE

Edexcel

Catering

GCSE

WJEC

Product Design

GCSE

AQA