At St. Kentigern’s, we promote the holistic development of each child and provide the best education within a supportive, Catholic environment. We nurture each person in our school community to allow them to grow socially and emotionally, secure in the knowledge that they are loved by God and respected by all who share our school life. We strive to ensure each child attains the highest academic achievements. St. Kentigern’s curriculum is designed to offer stimulating and broad opportunities, enhanced with a wide variety of extra-curricular learning. Opportunities are offered to our children to understand our faith, to worship in the Catholic tradition and to discover and develop a personal faith which respects people of other faiths and none. Tolerance and respect are the cornerstones of school life.
Children at St. Kentigern's will be provided with rich, cultural experiences through a stimulating, creative and varied curriculum. We have a high focus on developing children’s spiritual, moral, social, emotional and cultural understanding.
We take a holistic approach, building self-esteem, resilience and independence. Children will develop transferable skills to enable them to become aspirational, articulate and confident individuals, knowing their worth within society. Our children leave us with the knowledge and skills to take their place in the modern world and with an enthusiasm for learning.
Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and supplemented in more depth by themes and topics which we believe are relevant to our pupils:
Democracy and the Rule of Law, the key to enabling children to understand their place in society and how every person can impact in a positive or negative way;
The Environment and Climate Change, a challenge they need to understand and face as they grow into adults, and how we can all make positive changes to the way we live;
Love of and interaction with nature. We believe that this can help to alleviate the stress of modern life. We do this through half-termly school trips, residential visits and an experience-rich curriculum. We have a close partnership with Dunham Massey, and regular visits there by Reception and Key Stage 1 classes are a delight for children and teachers alike.
Opportunities to develop speech drives our Early Years Curriculum. Talk is central to our pedagogy across Early Years and beyond. Exposure to books and reading is addressed by daily sharing of rich texts, prompting discussion and development of vocabulary and thought. We are committed to ensuring that children acquire knowledge and develop skills to enable them to meet and exceed national expectations. The Senior Leadership Team actively reviews a very organic curriculum provision which responds to the needs of the children at any specific time.
Our pupils over the years grow in the knowledge that they are valued and their needs are important to those who lead the school. Because of the high level of nurture, children are able to achieve well across the curriculum as they feel secure and supported in their learning. At the upper end of the school, pupils debate and consider ethical questions with maturity and understanding. Success at the end of Key Stage 2 gives children confidence as they move on to high school in their ability to face challenges with resilience and determination.