At Cardinal Allen we believe that an outstanding education means that our pupils have the opportunity to ‘be all they can be’. Our curriculum aims to develop confident, independent and enquiring students who develop a life-long love of learning. As a Catholic school, we seek to educate the whole person, academically, socially, spiritually and emotionally through a curriculum based on Christian principles and centred on the needs and aspirations of our pupils, parents and wider community.

Religious Education

Religious Education is at the heart of our curriculum and we are wholly committed to the spiritual development of all our pupils. All pupils study Religious Education from Year 7 onwards, and all study the subject to GCSE at Key Stage 4.

Personal, Social and Health, Citizenship and Education 

All pupils in Years 7 and 8 receive a PSHCE lesson once per week. In Years 9, 10 and 11, we offer a programme of PSHE taught through cross-curricular enrichment days.

Further information regarding the school’s curriculum can be found in the Curriculum Organisation document and the Key Stage 4 Course Guide.

Key Stage 3 – Year 7 and 8

All pupils follow a similar curriculum in Years 7, 8 and 9 which provides a broad and balanced education in creative, practical and academic subjects. Subjects include Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, a Modern Foreign Language, Design Technology, Art, Music, and Physical Education. In year 7 we provide an amended pathway for those pupils who would benefit from additional support in English and Mathematics, ensuring that their transition to Cardinal Allen is a success.

At the end of year 8 students will be given the choice to study a range of subjects at KS4. These will include additional subjects such as Construction, Hospitality & Catering and BTEC Sport.

More information about Year 9 Options is available in this online document.

Key Stage 4 – Year 9, 10 and 11

All pupils continue their studies with a core curriculum of Religious Education, English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education. Other subjects are chosen so as to recognise the value of a balanced curriculum whilst allowing for career aspirations and personal interests.