Our vision is that as a group of schools, as leaders, teachers, staff, pupils and individuals, we are ‘better together’. We will ensure that each and every one of our students achieve their full potential in a caring and disciplined environment. We are committed to providing each of our students with the best education possible.
Our curriculum is designed to incorporate the following values: metacognition and self-regulated learning, teamwork, Gospel values and British Values, managing feelings and behaviours, managing relationships, cultural appreciation, managing time and resources, global awareness and responsibility.
The power of our inclusive curriculum rests in our determination that all children enjoy a wide range of subjects and experiences. For young people attending our nursery, primary, secondary and Sixth Form schools, we aim to provide an accessible and enjoyable educational experience that ensures academic success, develops life-long skills, and offers rich experiences.
Our aim is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which helps children to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes which fully prepare them for the next stage of their education and later life in modern Britain.
At Painsley Catholic Academy we guide and encourage all students to achieve academic excellence and ensure their God-given gifts and talents are utilised to the full.
We aim to foster the intellectual, social, creative, physical, moral and spiritual development of all our children and to this end, we look to ensure our curriculum is broad, balanced, relevant, and personalised.
Curriculum planning focuses core and subject content knowledge and skills to aid our students’ knowledge recall, build their subject fluency and deepen their understanding. Expert curriculum planning across all subjects as well as wider curriculum aspects such as Relationship, Sex and Health Education, Fundamental British Values etc ensures we clearly define what children learn across each year and throughout their time at Painsley. Our knowledge rich curriculum supports our students to access their next steps in education at every level as we believe the longer one continues in education and/or training the greater the reward in health, happiness and social mobility.
We match the demands of the National Curriculum at each stage so that our students can meet and exceed age related national expectations and progress well to their next phase of education. Across our curriculum we clearly map our expectation of the rich knowledge, skills and understanding that are required in each subject. Teachers effectively adapt schemes of learning to meet the needs of students in their classes.
We value the importance of the primary programmes of study and secondary core and EBacc subjects etc and ensure our students’ entitlement to these is strong. At secondary and sixth form we bespoke our curriculum architecture model locally to each school, balancing breadth and depth with context. This approach ensures flexibility whilst taking into consideration any local or regional influences alongside parent and student choice and needs within our offer and design.
- Successful and resilient learners who enjoy learning; make good progress and achieve excellence.
- Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
- Responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society.
We use our Rewards and Sanctions policy and Behaviour for Learning though out all schools to promote positive attitudes to learning which reflect the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success.
Our Curriculum Experience
Our curriculum is designed to be broad and ambitious reflecting national curriculum and qualification expectations. Our provision enables students to hone their literacy and numeracy skills; deepen their subject study and support their personal growth across their schooling. Our schemes of work clearly identify what students should know and be able to do by the end of each unit, term, year and stage in preparation for their next steps. Assessment is used to address gaps in students’ knowledge and understanding to best secure key concepts, core knowledge and skills to move students’ learning forward.
Our Curriculum Values:
Education for all
Develop reading amongst all stakeholders: leaders/teachers/support staff/pupils
Individuals have knowledge of themselves as learners, of strategies, and of tasks (metacognition)
Associated Gospel values: justice and truth/faithfulness and integrity
Associated Catholic Social Teaching: rights and responsibilities/solidarity and the common good/stewardship
Focus on Curriculum
Knowledge-rich curriculum: clarity of the invaluable knowledge we want our pupils to know.
Well-planned sequencing, which allows pupils to remember what they have been taught. Identify gaps in knowledge in terms of: missing knowledge/inert knowledge/naïve knowledge/ritual knowledge
A rich conception of knowledge that includes the skills and attitudes that contribute to success. Misconceptions are identified
The main points and knowledge for the lesson needs to be clearer in the pupils’ books to aid revision and recall
Associated Gospel values: sacrifice and service/faithfulness and integrity
Associated Catholic Social Teaching: rights and responsibilities/preferential option for the poor
Expose all individuals to the best of the best in every aspect of their role as leader/teacher/learner!
Associated Gospel values: faithfulness and integrity/justice and truth
Associated Catholic Social Teaching: family and community/rights and responsibilities