Curriculum Overview

St Birinus School offers a broad and balanced curriculum which is accessible and engaging for students of all abilities, interests and aptitudes. Our curriculum includes extra-curricular activities which are organised in order to enrich the student’s experience as well as the ‘hidden curriculum’ – what the students learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. Our curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and that enable personal growth and development. We want students to grow into positive, responsible people who can work and co-operate with others, while at the same time developing their knowledge and skills in order to achieve their true potential.


The aims of our school curriculum are:

  • to enable all students to learn and develop their skills to the best of their ability
  • to promote a positive attitude towards learning, so that students enjoy coming to school, and acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning
  • to motivate students by arousing a sense of curiosity and wonder
  • to enable students to be creative and to develop their own thinking
  • to be aware of the importance of their own positive contribution to society and their responsibilities as members of a local community and a global society
  • to teach students to have an awareness of their own spiritual development


Curriculum structures

At Key Stage 5, the Didcot Sixth Form (DSF) curriculum offers a range of A-level and Level 3 vocational courses.

The Key Stage 4 curriculum offers core GCSE subjects – English, English Literature, Maths and a broad diet of Science courses including Triple Science, Core and Additional Science and a BTEC option – and a range of options subjects. Options subjects are mainly GCSE qualifications but some vocational subjects “shadow” the GCSE courses in order to provide more appropriate qualifications for some students. All students study Ethics and Morality and Physical Education in Years 10 and 11.

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is broad and follows the National Curriculum. Innovations such as a discrete Literacy hour and a cluster of Humanities in Year 7 are encouraged in order to support and develop key skills which provide the foundation for future learning.

Extended Learning Opportunities

St Birinus School offers a wide and varied programme of cultural and sporting activities which support and extend the curriculum. Homework is set in accordance with the school’s homework timetables. The school’s portal provides ample electronic resources for extended learning.

The Curriculum and Inclusion

The curriculum is designed to be accessed by all students who attend the school. If it is necessary to modify a student’s access to the curriculum in order to meet his needs then we do this through consultation with parents.

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