Young people learn best when good teachers convey passion and enthusiasm for their subject and their classroom becomes a place of inspiration and transformation. At St. Mark’s our aim is for all lessons to be outstanding in quality and we support teachers in achieving this challenging goal.
The curriculum in Key Stage 3 is based on the National Curriculum and there is increasing opportunity to start examination courses early and gain accreditation for learning within Key Stage 3. In Key Stage 4 we offer a variety of courses allowing students to achieve the Baccalaureate and crucially to prepare for their education post-16. Students have the opportunity to sit examinations when they are ready, not just at the end of Year 11.
Our Sixth Form is a vital part of the Academy and we are developing partnerships with a range of Higher Education providers.
Religious Education is taught to all students within the Academy.
Students leave St. Mark’s with an examination profile that allows them to go on to our sixth form, local colleges, employment or university. They leave St. Mark’s with a respect for learning, for the world beyond school, and for each other.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)
At Key Stage 3, all students follow the national curriculum, working in either set or mixed ability groups, as appropriate, studying:
- Enterprise and Technology (ICT, Food Technology, Textiles and Graphics)
- Modern Foreign Languages (French & Spanish)
- Humanities (Geography, History, Religious Education and PSHE)
- Creative Arts (Art, Music and Drama)
- Physical Education
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)
At Key Stage 4 all students follow a core curriculum that includes: GCSE English language and literature, GCSE mathematics, science, ICT, PE and RE. Students also select from a broad range of additional GCSEs and vocational options, enabling them to make choices that reflect their aptitudes and interests. These include: art and design, business studies, catering, dance, drama, French, geography, history, ICT, travel and tourism, media studies, music, performing arts production, PE and texties technology. All students are able to access the English Baccalaureate and we encourage those students wishing to pursue and academic route in post-16 education.
Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)
For a full list of options offered in Years 12 & 13 please go to Sixth Form / Courses