New Curriculum Page


Here at St Nicholas we let our God-given talents shine 
We believe all students should enjoy their learning and achieve their potential, striving at all times to embrace the Gospel and its teachings 
Our school environment is built upon trust and respect for each other – we embrace our differences and celebrate what it means to be part of God’s family 
  Everyone Matters 

The curriculum at St Nicholas is broad, balanced and ambitious for each and every member of our community. Our academic curriculum is complemented by our pastoral curriculum, and both strands work together to ensure that our three key principles manifest themselves in the daily experience of our students. We are committed to the formation and development of the whole person and strive to ensure that all students:

Give their best
“striving at all times to embrace the Gospel/celebrate what it means to be part of God’s family”

· Live out the Catholic ethos of the school
· Respect themselves, respect others, respect the school and be ready to learn
· Striving at all times for excellence
· Develop their resilience
· Embrace and celebrate equality and diversity
· Make a positive contribution in school and serve society
· Seek and accept opportunities to enrich themselves

Achieve their best
“enjoy their learning and achieve their potential”

· Study an ambitious and broad Curriculum
· Develop a love of learning
· Know more, remember more, do more and be more
· Hold high expectations of themselves at all times
· Acquire the necessary skills, knowledge and qualities to enhance their future
· Develop their resilience to achieve their potential in all areas of school life
· Are exposed to new opportunities

Become their best
“Let our God given talents shine / trust and respect for each other”

· Know, understand and bear witness to the virtues and values of a Catholic community and practice these within contribution to wider society
· Follow and live out the Gospel values
· Study and positively respond to an ambitious Pastoral Curriculum
· Know how to look after their spiritual, physical and mental health


The OFSTED Inspection Report from 2019, recognised that at St Nicholas Catholic High School the “The curriculum is well planned” and “Spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development is a strong features of this school. There is a comprehensive and well-designed programme of activities that cover all aspects of SMSC education, and these are interwoven into day-to-day lessons and registration at the start of each day.”

An overview of the curriculum for each of the key stages can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

Status of Religious Education

As a Voluntary-Aided Catholic secondary school, the status of Religious Education within our school curriculum is of crucial importance. To this end, Religious Education is allocated 10% of curriculum time within each Year Group in Key Stages 3 and 4, with 5% allocated during Year 12 and Year 13. Additionally, staff and students undertake a daily act of worship during morning registration time.

If you have any questions regarding any aspect of the Curriculum, please contact Mr Spencer, Assistant Headteacher.

Curriculum Areas