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Our Key Stage Three curriculum is for students in Years 7-9, our Key Stage Four curriculum is for students in Years 10-11 and our Key Stage 5 curriculum is for our Sixth Form students in Years 12-13. 

Although we have a wealth of experience in teaching boys, we keep the curriculum at St. Cuthbert’s regularly under review.


Our ambitious curriculum is designed to support academic success, focussing on building strong foundations in the core subjects of Religious Education, English, Mathematics and Science. Students are encouraged to add breadth, exploring languages, Geography and History and a range of creative subjects to build-up their cultural capital.

At Key Stage Three (Years 7-9) students follow a broad range of subjects including Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, Geography, History, Art, Music, Physical Education, Computing, Design Technology and a selection of students will study Mandarin.

Students are grouped by ability and are placed into tiers. Movement between tiers can occur twice each year following school exams. As well as providing incentive to work hard, our cycle of exams is excellent preparation for GCSE and A level structures.

At Key Stage Four (Years 10-11) all students follow a core curriculum of Religious Education, English, Mathematics, the Sciences and Physical Education with a number of students taking a Further Mathematics course. The vast majority of students will also take one language and either Geography or History. Further optional subjects include Art, Design Technology, Music, Computing, Business Studies and Sports Studies.

Students are grouped by ability for the majority of these subjects.In addition they receive a programme of information, advice and guidance to help prepare them for life beyond Year 11.

In the Sixth Form there is a similar range of subjects, designed to allow students to progress to rewarding, challenging destinations. Our record with placing students at top universities is very strong.In addition to a wide-ranging curriculum we offer an enrichment programme which allows students to explore new learning outside of the classroom.

Our broad, well-structured curriculum creates confident, charismatic communicators who are ready for the next stage of education, employment or training.

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