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St Paul's School
for Girls


The management and development of the curriculum is under the direction of Miss J Allan, Deputy Headteacher. She works closely with Heads of Department in all matters relating to the curriculum, full details can be found on the relevant areas of Firefly.

A general outline of the curriculum according to Key Stages is as follows:

Years 7, 8 and 9: 

In Year 7 the following subjects are presently taught: Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Design Technology, History, Geography, Art, Drama, Music, Physical Education, Personal, Social, Health and Religious Education, Spanish and Computer Science. Girls are set in half year groups, according to ability, for English and Maths, DT is taught in nine groups per year; all other subjects they are taught in form groups.   

In Years 8 and 9, pupils are set according to ability in two half year groups for English, Mathematics and French/Spanish; the top two groups in each half year are able to start a second modern foreign language.  


 In Years 10 and 11, pupils study a core of:

  • Religious Studies
  • English Language and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • Personal, Social, Health and Religious Education.

Girls are set in ability groups for those Core subject areas which are examined.  GIrls take their English Language GCSE at the end of year 10.  

Other subjects selected from option blocks include: 

* Art
* Business Studies
* Child Development (CACHE)
* Computing
* Drama
* Food and Nutrition
* French
* Geography
* Health & Social Care
* History
* Tourism
* Media Studies
* Music
* Polish
* Product Design
* Spanish
* Textiles


Option choice subjects are generally taught in mixed ability groups.


 Years 12 and 13:

Students in Year 12 and 13 are offered courses at ‘A' Level, the new 2 year, linear courses.  The subjects offered are: Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, English Literature, French, Geography, Politics, History, Mathematics, Physics, Polish, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Italian and Spanish.   

There is also a vocational offer in the Sixth Form; a two year level 3 OCR Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care which is worth 3 A levels.

All students follow a Pragmatic Theology Programme along with a course of Personal, Social, Health and Religious Education.  We are also proud of our non-qualification curriculum which includes work related learning, MOOCs and service to the school and community.

In all year groups, the curriculum offered is enhanced by a wide variety of activities. Across the Key Stages these include: liturgical celebrations, retreats and sacramental practice; residential experiences; curriculum and work related visits; work experience; field courses; revision and master classes; opportunities to develop personal learning and thinking skills; school concerts and productions; ATC activities; fund raising; sports fixtures and links with other schools and universities.  Careers, Family Life, Health, Enterprise, Work Related Education and British Values Education are delivered in all Key Stages in a cross curricular way and explicitly in Personal, Social and Health Education and RE.   

All staff are involved in the development of the school curriculum through their participation in Curriculum Teams and Development Groups. 

A Committee of Governors is responsible to the Governing Body for monitoring the School Curriculum. 

Financial education is important in our school as we believe that our pupils need to develop the skills to manage their finances in order to keep themselves safe and to become financially secure as adults. We have dedicated time on our curriculum to ensure that all pupils receive this education and we are proud to be a pfeg Centre of Excellence.

If you would like to find out more about our school's curriculum please contact us via or by telephone: 0121 454 0895.