At SJWMS we place great emphasis on providing pupils with a broad and balanced education, relevant to current and future requirements and tailored to our individuals’ needs and strengths.
Traditional elements (including a study of the Classics) sit comfortably alongside the latest technologies. Much attention is paid to ensuring the foundations laid in Primary School are built upon whilst at the same time extending the knowledge and skills acquired across the whole range of Key Stage 2 studies.
Particular features of our curriculum are:
- All pupils are required to study foreign languages, taking two from Latin, French and Spanish from arrival in Year 7. One language must be studied to GCSE.
- Computing is offered both as a provision in its own right as a subject in Years 7, 8 and 9, as a popular option at GCSE and A level, and also to students in Key Stage 4 via the iDEA programme.
- English, Mathematics and Science form the core provision for each pupil to GCSE. In addition, all pupils are asked to continue a modern foreign language and a humanity at Key Stage 4 – this enables all pupils to be compliant with the English Baccalaureate requirements. In addition, pupils are able to select from a a wide-ranging choice of options.
- Religious Education is provided at all levels throughout the School from Year 7 to Year 13.
- All pupils participate in a Life Skills Programme which includes elements of careers education, health and sex education. Again this is followed from Year 7 to Year 13.
- Physical Education is compulsory from Year 7 to Year 11 and is an option as part of the compulsory enrichment programme in Year 12 and 13.
- We deliver a high quality, enriching and informative Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), along with Health Education, programme. This gives our pupils knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and to build self-efficacy. These subjects can support our students to develop resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and to know where to access support.
- We teach our students to be safe in the online world. It is essential that our students are safeguarded from potentially harmful and inappropriate online material. Through our online safety education programme we educate and protect them in their use of technology.
Students who cannot come to school because they have tested positive for COVID can access education remotely because they have been provided with a Chromebook. All learning materials for each lesson of the day are posted on Google Classroom.
In certain circumstances students will be able to join a lesson ‘live’ via their Chromebook using Google Meet.
Our Remote Learning Acceptable Use Policy has been posted on Google Classroom for the benefit of students.