In addition to teaching our Faith and the National Curriculum, we offer a range of individually tailored educational pathways from the vocational to early entry in the traditional academic GCSE. The school teaching policy lays particular stress on the importance of literacy, of numeracy, and of ICT and communication skills.
In Year Seven pupils are taught in mixed ability groups, although they are setted in Mathematics according to ability. In Year 8, setting occurs in English, Mathematics, Science and Modern Languages. All year nine pupils access the key stage 4 curriculum through GCSE and BTEC subjects. In Year Nine, setting occurs in all subjects other than Physical Education and the creative subjects. All National Curriculum subjects are taught including; Personal, Social and Health Education, and Citizenship. Fully equipped specialist rooms are used for Information Technology, Design Technology, Science, Music and Modern Languages.
In Years 10 and 11 we continue to offer the Core Subjects of English, Mathematics and Science plus Religious Education, Personal, Social and Health Education, and Citizenship. Additionally, all pupils are offered an extremely wide range of Options including: History, Geography, French, Spanish, PE, (additional to core), Business Studies, Product Design, Systems and Control, Information and Communication Technology, Art, Resistant Materials, Music, Catering, Health & Social Care, Photography, Media Studies, Drama, Dual Award Science, BTEC Construction and BTEC Art and Design.
We believe that all children have a right to equal opportunities. It is school policy to enter all pupils for external examinations.
Teaching our pupils to accept responsibility and to make sensible decisions is important and our Year Ten and Year Eleven pupils attend consultation evenings with their parents to discuss progress with their subject teachers and to set targets.
Many of our pupils go on to Further Education and to University.
Please see below for useful information and links on careers.
Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)
At St Patrick’s we ensure that each pupil receives a world class careers education. Our careers curriculum builds upon each pupil’s unique personality, talents and aspirations.
We equip our pupils to engage confidently and critically with the vast array of information available and make informed choices about their future pathway, post 16.
CEIAG is delivered through the Academic curriculum, Tutor time and special events both during the School day and after School.
Year 7 – Dreams and Aspirations. Mapping Skills. Enterprise and Business.
Year 8 – Key Skills. Developing decision making skills. Choices Assemblies.
Year 9 – The World of Work and Life Skills.
Year 10 – Researching future educational or training pathways. Careers Information Evening. College Taster Visits. Connexion interviews. Aim Higher Assemblies.
Year 11 – College and Training provider presentations. Applying for FE College or Training. Connexion interviews.
Inspiring CEIAG Gold Award Status
We are delighted to announce that we have now achieved the first stage of the gold Standard Inspiring IAG Award' in recognition of the careers education, information and guidance we offer at St Patrick’s. Inspiring IAG is a quality award which focuses on careers education, information, advice and guidance (CE/IAG).
The award has been designed to enable organizations who work with young people to not only deliver and be recognized for their good quality careers education, information, advice and guidance, but to also assist them to meet legislation, prepare for inspection and provide a better service.
Resources and Careers Advice
All our students can access resources and information at any time by using the careers section in the Library where they can pick up prospectuses, leaflets and application forms.
The school is supported by www.careerconnect.org.uk
This website gives details of qualifications required, wages, job roles and related information. The site also offers videos and case studies to look through as well as leaflets that can be printed and kept for reference. When students login for the first time, they will need to follow the instructions and use the school license code 18773.
Kudos – The career connect website offers pupils the opportunity to access Kudos, a piece of software that contains information on thousands of careers. This software offers each pupil personalized career information, including possible career choices based on interests, skills and subjects being studied. Students can make and update an individual Action Plan based on goals set and accomplished.
Our school employs a qualified Careers Advisor who meets with every student in Year 10 and Year 11. Students are able to gain individualized advice and guidance on their proposed courses and routes post 16. The careers advisor can also be seen by any student at any time by simply making an appointment.
Useful career and college websites
www.careersbox.co.uk - Pupils can watch films and videos about different jobs.
connexions-manchester.com - offers careers advice and information on all aspects of post 16 choices.
nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk - this is the official government site and offers information on a wide range of careers, job roles and CV writing. There are a number of career tools that support choices about future routes.
http://www.apprentieships.org.uk – offers information about different apprenticeships and provides details of current vacancies.
www.nhscareers.nhs.uk - Information on the wide range of careers within the NHS.
www.ucas.ac.uk – offers advice on course choices and options after doing GCSE’s. In addition students can start thinking about universities and course entry requirements
www.whatcareerisrightforme.com – students can take a free aptitude test to see which job they are suited to.
www.loreto.ac.uk - A catholic sixth form college, the first college to gain accredited status from the FEFC within Manchester.
www.xaverian.ac.uk - A catholic sixth form college within Manchester.
www.salfordcc.ac.uk - Salford City College is one of the largest colleges in the North West of England.
www.trafford.ac.uk - Trafford College is one of the leading providers of education and training in Manchester.
www.warrington.ac.uk - Warrington Collegiate College.