Curriculum Statement

At St John Payne School we aim to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum for all students. Our curriculum meets the requirements of the National Curriculum and allows our students to progress onto the next stage of education or employment.

We take pride in ensuring that within our curriculum we promote British values and also the key Christian values of tolerance and respect.

Our Curriculum Plan:

We have a flexible plan which changes each year to suit the changing needs of our students. Our Curriculum plan for the academic year 2017 /2018 is as follows:

Key Stage 3:

Art Graphics Physical Education
English History Religious Studies
Food ICT Resistant Materials
French Mathematics Science
Geography Music Textiles
German Personal,Social, Health & Economic Education  

At the end of year 9 students take three options that they will continue to study in Key Stage 4 in addition to the core subjects.

Key Stage 4

All students at Key Stage 4 study the follow core subjects at GCSE:

  • English (literature and language)
  • Mathematics
  • Religious Studies
  • Science (double or triple award)

In addition to the core subjects above, students then study three additional options from the following list:

Art Geography Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education
Asdan German Development
Business Studies History Resistant Materials
Computer Studies ICT Sociology
Food Preparation & Nutrition Music Sport and Fitness
French Physical Education  


Literacy Vision Statement ‘Those who read succeed’.

At St John Payne, we recognise the importance of Literacy and its impact on students’ learning and life chances. We have a healthy and uncompromising approach to Literacy and believe in providing our students with the best possible foundation for the future.

We are committed to ensuring that our children:

  • have the necessary tools to access the curriculum
  • are able to transfer knowledge, ideas and skills between subject areas
  • recognise the importance of and enjoy reading for pleasure
  • recognise the value of writing and communicating effectively
  • are able to continue their literacy development throughout their secondary school career

These fundamental, life-enhancing skills are delivered through a rigorous programme of Literacy initiatives:

  • opportunities to read for pleasure
  • focus on extended writing across the curriculum
  • DEAR (Drop Everything and Read)
  • a range of literacy activities in all subjects across the curriculum
  • opportunities for the regular marking of spelling, punctuation and grammar across the curriculum
  • celebration of reading and writing
  • a monthly lunchtime club to promote a love of reading (staff presentations and sharing of favourite books)

Reading for Pleasure at SJP

With an abundance of evidence suggesting that reading for pleasure is an important determinant of children’s personal and academic development, we actively seek ways to infuse a culture and pleasure of reading in all students. Our reading for pleasure policy incorporates the following strategies:

  • Fiction study in English alongside main units of study
  • School reading challenges
  • Library book club
  • Library lessons
  • A wide selection of books in the library for more able and less able learners; boys and girls
  • Providing choice – students are invited to suggest specific books as part of the library stock
  • Reading displays
  • Special library events
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