Richard Challoner School


Curriculum at Richard Challoner School: an aspirational vision of intent

Our Catholic ethos requires and inspires us to seek to develop our young people to be of service to God, one another and wider society. To achieve this requires:

  • A curriculum that stretches, challenges and inspires.
  • A wider curriculum that does not simply focus on academia but stretches beyond the confines of the traditional classroom.
  • A curriculum that seeks to promote dignity and justice for each individual and inspires the noble virtues of wisdom, courage, prudence, humility and magnanimity in every student.

We want our students to...

  • Develop a rooted, thoughtful and secure understanding of their faith and spiritual life
  • Grow into happy, confident, resilient and articulate individuals
  • Enjoy a rich breadth of experiences that goes beyond the confines of the classroom
  • Develop a lifelong love of learning
  • Enter the world ready to make a positive contribution to it

Our curriculum...

  • Is rich, inspiring and as broad as possible
  • Is about more than the classroom: it provides for a range of opportunities for enrichment, character development and service to the community
  • Raises students’ aspirations 
  • Challenges all students and equips them with the knowledge, skills and character to fulfil their God-given potential
  • Is planned and sequenced in a way that establishes a strong platform and which builds coherently over the 5-7 years of students’ secondary education, preparing them for the next steps of their life journey
  • Seizes opportunities to explore challenges facing society, for example relating to environmental concerns, gender identity and racial and social inequality, at a local, regional and global level. 

Delivery of our curriculum...

  • Is rooted in an evidence-based approach to classroom practice
  • Supports students to take increasing responsibility for their own learning
  • Builds resilience and confidence, encouraging students to embrace mistakes and take risks as part of the learning process
  • Ensures students know, through assessment, feedback and self-review, how to build on their strengths and how to attend to next steps
  • Provides opportunity for students to embed knowledge and practice for fluency
  • Is underpinned by our motto “doing ordinary things extraordinarily well”, engendering high expectations of all students



Please use the links to view curriculum details for KS3, KS4 and Post 16.

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 study all of the following subjects:

English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, Art and Design, Computer Science, Drama, Design Technology, Food and Nutrition, Geography, History, a Language: French or Spanish, Music, Physical Education, and PSE.

Key Stage 4 Options

You have to take the following subjects:

  • GCSE English Language
  • GCSE English Literature
  • GCSE Mathematics
  • GCSE Science
  • GCSE Religious Education
  • A Modern Language (GCSE French or Spanish)
  • A Humanity (GCSE Geography or History)
  • PSE (Personal and Social Education)
  • Games

You then choose two of the following options:

  • GCSE Triple Science
  • GCSE Art and Design
  • GCSE Business Studies
  • GCSE Design and Technology
  • GCSE Drama
  • GCSE Geography (if not chosen as humanity)
  • GCSE History (if not chosen as humanity)
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • GCSE Computer Science
  • GCSE Music
  • GCSE Physical Education

Post 16

Please refer to the Sixth Form section for details of the courses offered.

Making the curriculum accessible for those with SEND

For further details about the support provided for students with disabilities or special educational needs, please refer to the information pages in the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities section of our website.