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). Year 7 have begun working on the Curriculum for Wales and Years 8 and 9 follow the National Curriculum 2008, 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:

  • Religious Studies
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Art
  • Design Technology
  • Spanish
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information & Communication Technology
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Welsh

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 two 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 subjects:
  • Religious Studies GCSE
  • English (Language GCSE & Literature GCSE)
  • Mathematics & Numeracy GCSEs
  • Science (Double GCSE)
  • Welsh Second Language GCSE
  • Skills Challenge Certificate
Core non-assessed subjects:
  • Games
  • Personal & Social Education
Optional subjects:
  • Art & Design
  • Business Studies
  • Health, Social Care and Childcare
  • Drama
  • Fashion & Textiles
  • Geography
  • Graphics
  • History
  • ICT
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Product Design
  • Spanish

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.

Additional Qualifications

During form time and PSE lessons, your child will also complete the following Level 2 qualifications (equivalent to A*-C):

  • Equality & Diversity
  • Financial Capability & Careers Development
  • Succeeding with Employment, Education & Training