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Our Curriculum

We provide an exciting, creative and effective learning environment, recognising and responding to individual learning styles. We aim to help each child experience success and to embrace every opportunity by providing the highest standard of education and care. Children take responsibility for and participate fully in their own learning.

Our curriculum will be both balanced and spiritually based and will fulfil all statutory requirements.

As a Catholic School we believe that all learning and teaching has Christ at the Centre. By enabling children to learn through Gospel Values we aim to develop to their full potential academically, morally, socially, emotionally and spiritually. At the heart of Catholic education lies the Christian vision of the human person. We, as educators, must show an understanding of the human person and children in particular, as made in the image and likeness of God. Through the experience we create, we nurture the human wholeness of each pupil. Therefore our approach to learning and teaching is radically distinctive and we recognise the hugely important role that adults play in the learning process and we also recognise our role to support parents in the education of their child. Our children should understand and appreciate what it is like to be loved and nurtured.

  • We believe that God is experienced as Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This simply means that we recognise a God who is relational. Therefore, we cannot love God without loving ourselves and our neighbours: all learning in our school has to be rooted in positive, loving relationships.
  • We believe in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, that God chose to become fully human. We recognise the uniqueness, gifts and talents of each individual as made in the image and likeness of God. That each and all of us are worthy of equality, deep respect and dignity. Everyone in English Martyrs School community is of equal value and this is reflected in our approach to learning and teaching.
  • We believe in the Catholic truth of Sacramental reality. We believe that God is everywhere and because of this recognise God’s presence among us in all areas of the curriculum and life. We celebrate this belief in worship and liturgy – and believe that all learning and teaching is sacred.

By adopting a whole school approach to teaching and learning across our school, we aim:

  • to provide consistency of teaching and learning across our school.
  • to enable teachers to teach as effectively as possible.
  • to enable children to learn as efficiently as possible.
  • to give children the skills they require to become effective lifelong learners.
  • to provide an inclusive education for all children.
  • to learn from each other, through the adoption of a collaborative, enquiry based approach to teaching and learning, where good practice is shared.
  • to ensure a shared understanding of the expectations we have regarding the quality of learning, teaching, behaviour, and the environment in all classes and throughout the school.
  • to provide a shared understanding of different learning styles and the implications for teaching and learning.
  • to ensure quality provision that is appropriate to all children’s needs, is fully inclusive and has regard to equality of opportunity.
  • to make clear the role of pupils, teachers, teaching assistants, parent helpers and subject leaders in the learning and teaching process.
  • to provide a tool for School Self-Evaluation, a framework for monitoring and performance management.
  • to provide support and guidelines.


Click here for our Trust Curriculum Policy Statement.