Curriculum Intent

As a Catholic School, the principles of Catholic Education remain at our core, preparing children to become world citizens of the 21st century.

We recognise that parents are the primary educators and work closely with the local parish and community in order to maximise the success of the children in every area of their lives. 

Our Curriculum links to our Mission Statement and is intended to enable all of our children to have: 

  • Have active and creative minds 
  • Achieve their personal potential in every area 
  • Have a strong faith which underpins everything in their lives 

At Good Shepherd Primary Catholic Academy, we have a curriculum which is based on the Gospel values. It is dynamic, broad and balanced, enriched with visitors, visits, events and activities to inspire in each child a joy of learning, a nurturing of unique and individual talents given by God and to provide memories, knowledge and skills that will sustain them beyond their time in school and equip them for later life. 

We aim for our curriculum to reflect the multi-faceted world around us, ensuring that it focuses on equal opportunities and the rights of all of humanity. Throughout our curriculum, we ensure that the achievements and history of Black, Asian and Minority-Ethnic (B.A.M.E) races are celebrated and that all of the countries represented within our community are reflected throughout our learning. 

To enable pupils to achieve their personal potential, we have a coherently planned and sequenced academic curriculum based on the National Curriculum, our RSE programme, EYFS Framework and the Come and See Catholic Primary Religious Education Programme (Diocesan-wide), which deeply embeds learning so that children are able to attain both knowledge and skills. 

Children learn and memorise the core knowledge and develop the necessary skills to make them independent thinkers. Some children will achieve a deeper understanding of subjects, but all children will achieve their best. Our curriculum is regularly, successfully adapted, modified and developed for pupils with special education needs. 

We are confident that through the dedication of all of our staff, a strong ethos of care, support for all, responsibility and awareness of self and others within a safe, healthy and friendly environment all pupils will receive a curriculum that is inspiring and tailored to each individual, allowing children to achieve their personal best.