St Patrick's RC High School creates an environment in which young people are encouraged to grow in faith and moral responsibility, and to develop as whole persons striving to reach their full potential through hard work, academic standards and service to others in response to the values of the Gospel.
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.