All in the community at St Walburga’s celebrate that we are members of God’s loving family. We follow the example of Jesus to ‘put others first’ and create a safe, loving and happy school where everyone learns, has fun and achieves their full potential. Character education is a central element of the school curriculum. Pupils and staff focus on virtues throughout the year as an integral part of the spiritual development of all. These virtues, stemming from our belief in Jesus, underpin all that we do in school. The curriculum is planned to ensure that children gain the knowledge, skills and understanding to become resilient, life long learners, within a diverse and changing world.
The curriculum aims to:
- meet the needs of each unique child
- be ambitious
- challenge and inspire learners
- set high expectations of learning
- build resilience and independence
- nurture and encourage all
- be inclusive
Our curriculum, based on the National Curriculum, is coherently planned, providing clear sequential programmes of study which equip the children with knowledge and skills for future learning and employment. Within this structured approach, the curriculum is tailored and personalised, where required to the needs and interests of individual pupils, ensuring learning is fully inclusive.
Through the curriculum, all pupils will:
- Develop as confident, assured, well mannered young people with a strong sense of care towards others
- Achieve the highest outcomes
- Have opportunities for live performances
- Experience residentials
- Participate in competitive sports
Subject leaders can evidence that pupils enjoy the breadth of learning across the curriculum and fluency in reading actively supports pupils ability to fully engage with the wider curriculum. This is reflected in results from national tests along with internal teacher assessments. Children in year 6 approach transition to KS3 with maturity, confidence and independent learning skills. Pupils with SEND make good progress from their individual starting points. Pupils show pride in their work and the standard seen in the classrooms and books is good. Standards in the core subjects remain at least at the national average and most often above as a result of pupils reading widely and often, with fluency and comprehension appropriate to their age. There is good evidence that pupils use their mathematical skills across the curriculum in areas such as science and history.