Key Stage 3 Curriculum
Our Key Stage 3 Curriculum has been designed to be challenging, motivating and rewarding. Pupils are provided with a range of opportunities to develop as independent learners and achieve their personal best. Our caring ethos ensures a supportive learning environment and the encouragement for pupils to express themselves effectively and to pursue their own personal interests. Pupils study the following subjects at KS3:
- Art & Design
- Home Economics
- Learning for Life & Work
- Personal Development
- Technology & Design
Supporting the Transition from Primary School
We recognise that making the transition from primary to post-primary school is an exciting time. We aim to ensure that each pupil feels happy and secure in their move to St Brigid’s College and we provide a number of valuable opportunities for pupils to get to know us before they officially begin the college in September. In August, we invite all incoming Year 8 pupils to the college for an Induction Programme. Part of this process involves pupils getting to know their Form Teacher and Head of Year and meeting the other pupils in their year group. This programme also provides pupils with an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the building and some of the college routines. We value our links with our feeder primary schools and we make a concerted effort to liaise with primary school staff to ensure that we have the most up-to date information about our incoming Year 8 pupils. Form Teachers and all staff make sure that all our pupils, and particularly our Year 8 pupils, are well supported as they grow accustomed to life in the college.
Homework is a vital part of the learning process and, accordingly, all pupils are expected to commit to completing their homework to the best of their ability. Parents are encouraged to play a positive part in supporting their son or daughter with their homework. If needed, pupils can avail of supervised homework clubs after school or on Saturday mornings at which they can get additional help and avail of the school’s ICT facilities.
Tracking and Monitoring
The academic progress of each individual pupil is monitored and tracked as they progress though the school. This process requires pupils to complete a number of formal assessments each year, which are then recorded and reported on to parents. These assessment outcomes provide a valuable insight into the progress of each pupil and ensure that the school can provide relevant support when needed. Pupils, parents and teachers use this information to ensure as far as possible that pupils make the appropriate subject choices for GCSE at the end of Year 10.