Curriculum Overview - Upper School

At St Dominic’s, our focus is on facilitating quality opportunities for pupils to learn and make progress. All pupils follow a programme of study based on the National Curriculum, adapted to suit their individual needs and to help meet the outcomes of their Education, Health and Care Plan. Pupils  learn about themselves, use their strengths, and practise the skills they need support with. We aim for our pupils to gain a wide and comprehensive knowledge base, which prepares them to face life after St Dominic’s with a growth mind-set.

The Upper School curriculum is designed so pupils can follow a personalised programme of study at Key Stages 3 and 4. This is to ensure that all pupils are able to achieve the best qualifications they can, given their own areas of strength. In each programme of study, pupils and students can follow pathways that ensures they receive a tailored curriculum that meets their individual needs and aspirations. All pathways build towards a broad range of qualifications which may include GCSEs, BTEC, Laser and Functional Skills. Our three curriculum pathways are:

  • The Discover Pathway (Years 9 – 11)
  • The Endeavour Pathway (Years 9 – 11)
  • The Innovate Pathway (additional pathway for Years 10-11)