Curriculum Overview

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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 Humanities. We maintain these successes while introducing many modern subjects. The curriculum is delivered in 100 minute slots; there are 15 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.

The table below shows how the 60 (30 double) periods of our two week timetable are split by subject from Year 7 up until Year 11. 

Subject Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
RE 6 6 6 6 6
English 10 10 10 10 10
Maths 8 8 8 10 10
Science 8 8 12 10 12
Geography 4 4      
History 4 4      
History/Geography     6 4 6
MFL 4 4 6 4  
D&T 4 4      
Creative Arts 4 4      
ICT 2 2      
PE 6 6 4 4 4
OPT A     4 6 6
OPT B     4 6 6
Total  60 60 60 60 60

In the Upper School, four subjects are compulsory at GCSE These are: Mathematics, English, Science and RE.GCSE

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 boys in the upper school have 2 periods of PE each week.

Science – Boys 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 boys will receive guidance interviews throughout their time at Bishop Challoner. Individual interviews help them to make informed choices about their educational or work related pathways at the end of Year 11. All Year 10 boys 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.