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


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

At Key Stage Three (Years 7 and 8) students follow a broad range of subjects including Religious Studies, English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, Geography, History, Art, Music, Physical Education, Computing, Design Technology and Food and foreign languages.

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 9,10 and 11) all students follow a core curriculum of Religious Studies, 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 at least one modern language and either Geography or History.Further optional subjects include Art, Design Technology, Music, Computing,Business Studies, Sports Studies and an additional foreign language (French, Italian or Spanish).

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.

At both Key Stage Four and Sixth Form students are given opportunities to revise for and practise exams so that they are well-prepared for GCSEs and A levels.

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