Introduction

The design of the curriculum, whilst conforming to statutory requirements, is centred on the development of the whole person as a member of the human community. The curriculum drives aspirations, it takes students to places they did not know they could reach and it is central to our desire to enable our students to meet with confidence the challenges of a changing world.

The curriculum is dynamic and flexible and thus responsive to the changing needs of the individual and of society. It is based on a realistic grasp of the needs of students who live in the 21st century. Programmes and courses are inclusive and respond to the needs of young people across the widest possible ability range that local circumstances allow. Schemes of work are aspirational: they are designed with the highest expectations of personal and academic achievement in mind. The curriculum takes account of the whole person. Its aim is the fullest possible development of every dimension of the person. Particular attention is paid to the ethical dimension of the curriculum. Where possible teachers choose curriculum themes that engage students in intellectual analysis of, for example, justice and peace issues and environmental challenges which threaten the survival of the planet. Time is set aside for students to engage in practical action and be agents of social change in their local communities and beyond.

Loreto Education in England, Vision Values and Philosophy

The curriculum at Loreto Grammar School embraces the Loreto values of Freedom, Justice, Sincerity, Truth, Joy, Excellence and Internationality, transmitted through the schools Christian ethos, in serving the needs of each individual. Within a framework of outstanding student support, we offer flexible, appropriately revised and frequently developed curriculum provision, responsive to students' needs and to National expectations.

Loreto's curriculum content embraces a breadth of learning experiences at all Key Stages; and offers the widest range of optional subjects, and an extensive programme of diverse activities within the Life Skills enrichment programme. National Curriculum content is enriched by a strong programme of personal development presented during the Form Time, Form Period and the Personal, Health, Social and Careers Education programmes. Further curriculum enrichment opportunities are offered in extracurricular activities including trips and school based clubs and activities.

We can do nothing, but God can do all. Our curriculum delivery allows the development to full potential of each individual through teaching of the highest standard, provision of appropriate learning resources and flexible partnerships. We believe that we prepare girls to take their place and play an effective part in the local, national and international community.

Our curriculum delivery allows the development to full potential of each individual through teaching of the highest standard, provision of appropriate learning resources and flexible partnerships. Our assessment and target setting systems enhance student learning through personalised training and support.

Achievement is outstanding at all Key Stages, and continues to show rising trends.

 

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Posted on: 22/10/2021

Summer School 2021

Loreto was delighted to provide an optional Summer School funded by the Department for Education to support pupils in making up for education missed during the Covid-19 pandemic. This was a welcome opportunity to offer all new year 7 students an insight into the Loreto Community and also additional support for some of our Year 10 students to recover lost curriculum and prepare for year 11. Year 7 Summer School A choice of 2 different weeks were offered to all incoming Year 6 students (our new Year 7) and this flexibility, together with the overwhelming support from parents and carers, ensured a take up of more than 87% of the year group. With the help of staff and sixth form students the aim of the weeks was to support the transition from primary school to secondary school. We gave the new students an opportunity to experience the school environment and ethos without the daunting aspect of many other students. The students were split into groups, to facilitate greater social interaction and allow new friendships to be formed.  In a very short space of time, we saw their confidence grow along with their awareness of the Loreto community.   The students were fortunate to be able to experience many different aspects of a secondary school curriculum. Over the course of the Summer School two weeks, pupils were able to engage in a mixture of academic and enrichment activities in Science, Mathematics, English, History, Geography, Music workshops, Creative Arts, Languages and even an indoor planetarium. The students also grew their talents and explored the arts and this will lead to their Arts Award qualification during 2021/22. An enlightening experience for the whole Loreto community – both staff and pupils alike.    The students also had the invaluable opportunity to meet new peers and get to know each other in their new setting, particularly during their free time at break and lunch. The students also had tours of the school to prepare them ahead of the start of the academic year, guided by a sixth former perspective.   Feedback from students and parents\carers   “I just wanted to drop you a note to say Thank You for hosting a wonderful summer school last week. My daughter had an awesome week meeting new friends, exploring the school and of course learning lots!  It really was a fabulous week and now she is excited and ready for September.  Please pass on our thanks to the teachers, sixth-formers and all the staff.”  “I'd also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the staff involved in putting on this week. It has been great for the girls to get the chance to feel a bit more comfortable in their new surroundings and start making new friends. After a long and testing academic year it really is very generous of so many people to volunteer their time. “  Year 10 Summer School The Year 10 summer school in English offered provision for students to benefit from additional support in both English Language and English Literature. This included some revision of key skills including language analysis and reading strategies and introductory work on a set text in English Literature. It enabled some diagnosis of student's needs in order to inform an ongoing programme of support throughout year 11. Summer School Funding Funds Claimed from the Department for Education (695 student days of summer school) £39,485 NB Loreto delivered the summer school at 5% less than the DfE allocation of £299 per student per week with an actual average cost of £285 Costs:- Staffing – including all oncosts for 36 external and internal teaching and support staff (11 days of summer school delivered) £18,506 Daily refreshments and lunch for all attendees £3,740 Special activities – hire of planetarium £590 Educational resources for all subjects taught (including full moderation and certification of the Arts Award) £7,027 Educational resources – including allowable investment in technology and equipment (demonstrating good value for money as this will be used subsequently for the long term benefit of the pupils) £7,649 Other – site costs and cleaning £1,973 Total Cost £39,485  Read More
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