Our Learning

Our curriculum is a broad, balanced and creative blend of core and foundation subjects which we believe enables each individual to develop a range of skills that will equip them for the challenges of the modern world. It is our intention that every learner fulfils their potential and to this end tailored learning programmes, intervention strategies, appropriate stretch and challenge and a range of extra-curricular learning opportunities are on offer to facilitate the growth of existing skills and the nurturing of new ones.

Learning at its best happens when the individual talents, strengths and areas for improvement are recognised by everyone and when there are clear steps to secure further development. Of course, it does not always take place in the classroom environment and we are proud of our wider learning opportunities, including the support offered by our dedicated SEN team and the extensive activities that occur during and outside the school day.

Central to the development of every learner’s needs are the core subjects and at our Catholic school we offer to all students the opportunity to follow exciting programmes of study in RE, English, Maths, Science, Modern Foreign Languages (Currently French and Spanish), Humanities (currently Geography and History) and the study of emerging technologies (currently Information Communication Technology and Computing).

In addition to this breadth, we pursue a range of vitally important subjects that nurture the development of students’ gifts, talents and interests in performance based learning, arts and technologically based subjects. These subjects include: Music, Drama, Art, Textile Design, Catering, Physical Education and Resistant Materials.

We believe that this rich curriculum base enables our learners to be successful in a number of areas and to enjoy, achieve and to challenge themselves to learn new disciplines since it is through the development of new skills that we believe they will develop the resourcefulness and resilience to acquire important communication, planning and problem-solving skills needed beyond school.

Our extra-curricular programme of activities is extensive and a flavour is provided here, ranging from musical tuition or membership of one of the choirs or orchestras, with students participating in local and regional performances; those with a dramatic flair are able to participate in shows, whole school productions or the ‘Rock Challenge’; our sportsmen and women can choose from the conventional field and gym sports to emerging sports at Bishop Challoner such as dance, cheerleading, trampolining or table tennis to name but a few; STEM based activities undertaken in partnership with local businesses and educational providers, including AWE, INTECH, GO4SET and Warings engages those with an interest in engineering, design or mathematical aptitude to; and, importantly, as a Catholic school committed to developing our students’ appreciation of their stewardship of the world in which they live and their responsibility to and for others, there are many chances to be involved in community outreach activities such as supporting Saxon Wood School, John Eddy Court, a residential home for the elderly or working on art projects at St Michael’s Hospice. There are many, many more learning opportunities which can be read about under each subject’s link.