St Illtyd’s provides a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum which contributes to pupils’ moral and spiritual development. The curriculum is designed as a preparation for adult society and the world of work.
Key Stage 3 encompasses Years 7 to 9 (ages 11-14). The school follows the National Curriculum, which provides pupils with a solid understanding from which to specialise in Key Stage 4. Pupils are streamed into one of seven classes, which they remain in for most lessons. Pupils are set further in English, Mathematics and Science. Pupils will study the following core subjects:
French or Spanish
Information & Communication Technology
Personal & Social Education
Key Stage 4 encompasses Years 10 & 11 (ages 14-16), where pupils will study towards achieving GCSEs or BTECs. Pupils are allocated into one of two teaching bands, which allows subject areas to set according to ability. This allows us to create smaller classes and target additional support where it is required. Pupils will study five core subjects, and have the ability to choose three additional option subjects. These may be a continuation of studies from Key Stage 3, or may be a completely new subject that interests them. Further details on the options process can be found here. The exact details of each subject can be found on their individual page, which includes the qualification and examination specification followed.
Core non-assessed subjects:
Art & Design
Children’s Care, Learning & Development
Fashion & Textiles
Systems & Engineering
Sex & Relationship Education is delivered as part of Religious Studies classes, and is taught with an emphasis on the teachings of the Catholic Church in accordance with our Sex and Relationship Education Policy.