Curriculum Overview

This page introduces the nature of our curriculum, including its intent, measurement and design. Further details of the curriculum for each subject can be found on our subject pages.

Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum model is based on the values outlined in the Bailiwick curriculum. We provide a holistic education that allows all of our students to develop the character and expertise they need to succeed in life – personally, economically and as good citizens. The aim of the curriculum at St. Sampson’s is not only to allow students to access the best possible academic and professional destinations, but to encourage them to love their subjects and to appreciate learning in general. We want students to leave St. Sampson’s with deep academic knowledge and with skills to succeed in a range of careers and a rapidly changing world.

We believe that all children are entitled to powerful knowledge which will open doors and maximise their life chances. Our curriculum is developed and delivered by high-quality subject specialists, working to create a rich and coherent narrative for their students. We carefully consider sequencing and how each unit fits into the wider progression model, and the curriculum is designed so that our students’ understanding builds on their previous learning.

Alongside our high academic expectations, we aim to foster students who see learning as purposeful and designed to prepare them for the opportunities and challenges of 21st century life. Our curriculum is therefore broad, balanced and relevant to a wide range of students’ needs. We aim for our students to study a wide selection of creative and practical, as well as academic, subjects and to introduce them to new experiences and powerful knowledge beyond the classroom to prepare them fully for later life. For some students, the curriculum offer is varied with bespoke packages delivered based on individual need.

In line with the Bailiwick curriculum, we also recognise the central importance of equipping our students with secure foundations in communication and numeracy. At each phase, our curriculum therefore focuses on closing gaps, early intervention and developing core literacy and numeracy skills.

Measuring the Impact of the Curriculum

Assessment of the curriculum compares the actual outcomes of students with the intended outcomes of the curriculum. Each department plans the assessments that will be used to monitor the effectiveness of the curriculum and uses these to adjust the curriculum of future units to minimise any gaps in the narrative of the subject.

In all departments, teachers utilise live marking, corrections in class and whole-class feedback to ensure students learn and remember more. Staff review the achievements of their classes, provide verbal or written or feedback at least every three weeks and then plan lessons to address misconceptions or extend progress.

Our three summative assessments cumulatively test students’ learning over the year. Revision is built into the curriculum to support our students’ progressive understanding of how to learn independently. Alongside this, all departments implement a variety of formative assessments and quizzes to test and reinforce their learning and feedback into teaching.

Curriculum Design

At Key Stage 3, all students follow programmes of study in 14 subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Citizenship/Careers Design Technology, Drama, Geography, History, ICT, Modern Foreign Languages, (French, German and/or Spanish), Music, PE, and RS.

At Key Stage 4, all students study English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, RS, Games, Citizenship, and a programme of Careers Education and Guidance.

In addition, students have the choice to study courses in the following subjects: Art, ASDAN – Certificate of Personal Effectiveness, Business Studies, Catering, Child Care, Computer Science, Construction, Drama, Engineering, French, Geography, Graphics, Health & Social Care, History, Media Studies, Music, Physical Education, Additional Science, Photography, Prince’s Trust Achieve, Psychology, Public Services, Resistant Materials, Statistics/Further Maths.

During Year 10 all students will be provided with the opportunity to gain work experience through a week-long placement with local employers.

The school encourages students to avail themselves of the Island Schools Peripatetic Music Service Provision and other music tuition made available through the music department.

To find out more about the curriculum please see the States of Guernsey Curriculum Information page or contact us directly.