Curriculum Rationale

What will your child learn at St Mary’s?


God shines within our hearts.

Jesus walks by our side.

The Holy Spirit gives us strength.

Curriculum Intent

At St. Mary’s CVA we have designed a creative curriculum with pupils’ learning at the centre, ensuring that all pupils make progress. The whole curriculum is built upon composites and previously taught components so ensuring all pupils have the foundations and knowledge to develop in each subject. We recognise that a curriculum has to be broad, balanced and offer pupils opportunities to grow as individuals as well as life-long learners. As a Catholic School, the teachings of the Gospels are paramount to everything we do. We hand on the believes and values in an authentic way. Pupils are taught to treat each other with respect and to support each other in their learning. We intend to offer our pupils new and exciting experiences that are designed to build resilience, confidence and self-esteem both in the classroom and through extra-curricular activities. We recognise that pupils should be challenged in
their school; learning from experiences and celebrating successes. We intend for our curriculum to enable pupils to develop their metacognition, interpersonal skills, creativity and independence. It is our intention that pupils leave St. Mary’s with a sense of belonging to their community, where they have the confidence and skills to make
decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become global citizens by making a positive contribution to the New Mills community and to the wider world. We are forming the leaders of tomorrow.


All children at St. Mary’s CVA are expected to be the ‘light’ and the beacon of our community. Regardless of their personal faith, background, gender or ability, all children live this out by upholding the Gospel values of love, forgiveness, honesty, friendship and respect.


The creative curriculum we have designed and implemented is bespoke to our mixed age classes and is steeped with high quality literature to ensure the development of rich vocabulary. We have identified key driver subjects that are fundamental to our school vision, our locality of New Mills and our Catholic ethos. These school drivers are embedded throughout our curriculum. Our pupils are encouraged to be independent
learners who are active, engaged and enthusiastic. We foster a nurturing environment where children are not afraid to take risks, ask questions about the wider world around them and become critical and analytical thinkers.  We are ensuring our children can challenge and transform society by enabling their talents to flourish.



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