An intelligent heart acquires knowledge and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. (Proverbs 18:15)

Our Curriculum Intent

The curriculum at Derby Cathedral School provides a high quality education that is an enriching experience for all.

Our curriculum is carefully designed by subject specialists and shows a clear progression for learning to ensure prior skills and knowledge are built upon each year to prepare all students for post-16 - University or equivalent - and beyond. Regular opportunities are planned to enable students to recall and retain key knowledge.

All students are challenged to be aspirational and are simultaneously well supported by our curriculum in order to meet these high expectations. The diversity of our school is reflected in our curriculum, which is fully accessible and inclusive to all. Regular assessment and feedback opportunities ensure students are aware of their strengths and understand how to improve.

We promote the full suite of English Baccalaureate subjects. Through these, students gain a greater awareness of the physical world; an understanding of society both past and present, and an appreciation of other cultures through language. Every opportunity is taken to broaden students’ vocabulary and develop their reading skills. There is an equally strong focus on other wider skills that are needed, such as mathematics, oracy, independent study and the use of technologies.

Our complementary specialisms of music and mathematics both enhance key learning skills such as memory, reasoning, concentration and resilience – providing students with essential, transferrable skills for later life. The study of music develops creativity, good listening skills and is known to support positive well-being. Mathematics teaches students to analyse, problem solve and is needed from basic daily activities – right through to underpinning many careers, particularly in the STEM sector.

Further activities enrich our curriculum, including a wide variety of trips – both home and abroad. Our extensive extra-curricular programme provide opportunities that go beyond the academic curriculum in all subject areas. These opportunities increase students’ appreciation and understanding of society and culture.

Developing students’ spiritual awareness and knowledge of Christian values is a thread that is woven through all aspects of our curriculum. Our students will be happy and confident individuals who treat others with respect. They will have a clear understanding of ‘community’, be well prepared for their futures, and have a positive attitude towards life-long learning.

Lesson Allocation – 2020-2021

In Years 7 to 9 students at Derby Cathedral School have the following lesson allocation over a two week timetable.

Each lesson is 50 minutes long.

Subject

Lessons per fortnight

Subject

Lessons per fortnight

English

8

Mathematics

8

Science

8

History

5

Geography

5

RE

3

Spanish

6

PE

4

IT

2

Music

2

Art

2

DT

3

PSHE

2

 

 

Lesson Allocation – 2021-2022

In Years 7 to 9 students at Derby Cathedral School have the following lesson allocation over a two week timetable:

Subject

Lessons per fortnight

Subject

Lessons per fortnight

English

8

Mathematics

8

Science

9

History

4

Geography

4

RE

3

Spanish

6

PE

4

IT

2

Music

3

Art

2

DT

3

PSHE

2

Drama

2

In Year 10 students have the following lesson allocation:

Subject

Lessons per fortnight

Subject

Lessons per fortnight

English

9

Mathematics

8

Science

11

History/Geography

6

PSHE

2

RE

2

PE

4

Option subjects

6

To help you have a clear understanding of the work our students are carrying out in lessons, please click the links below to see the curriculum long term plans for each year group:

Please note that the Year 10 and Year 11 plans will be added at the point that we start to teach this curriculum.

Curriculum Plans

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Policies and Further Information

Please see our Equality Information and Objectives Policy and SEND report for curriculum related information.

Please email Mr S Coucill, Deputy Headteacher in charge of curriculum with any further queries: s.coucill@derbycathedralschool.org.uk