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We live to love, learn, respect and follow Jesus who says, “Love one another as I have loved you”


Quality of Education at St. Margaret Clitherow Primary School


At St. Margaret Clitherow School, our Mission Statement provides a basis for our curriculum. When planning our curriculum we do so to enable all children to pursue excellence for the common good as world citizens and future leaders of the 21St Century.

"We live to love, learn, respect and follow Jesus who says "Love one another as I have loved you."

  • To promote independent learning and higher order thinking
  • For all children to make progress
  • To provide high quality teaching & growth in learning
  • To develop life skills including events to live out their faith
  • To promote spiritual development in a caring and supportive environment
  • To promote awe, wonder and curiosity
  • To promote cultural knowledge
  • To develop a unique & connected curriculum which provides the building blocks of what children need to know
  • To prepare children for the future to become global citizens of the 21st century

The aim at St Margaret Clitherow School is to provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society.  There is a high focus on developing children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. 


Prepared for future education


To provide a curriculum that enables children to build on previous learning.


To plan creative activities that enable children to explore, question and problem solve and make links with the world around them.


To ensure that the quality of teaching leads to excellent progress in all areas of the curriculum which is captured in both formative and summative assessment processes.


To provide activities that enable children to build on their ‘uniqueness’ and develop their talents.


To provide opportunities for pupils to learn how to make healthy choices, both in school and the wider environment.


To support pupils in developing resilience, perseverance, empathy and growth mind set.


To provide parents/carers with advice and support to help them recognise and develop their child’s talents and aspirations.


To plan to enable pupils to ‘live out’ their Catholic faith and prayer life to support their moral development.


To provide opportunities to develop their love for their neighbour and promote a cohesive community.


To plan creative and cross curricular opportunities in the curriculum to learn about the world around them, recognising and celebrating diversity and cultures at St. Margaret Clitherow School and the wider environment.


At St. Margaret Clitherow School, we follow the National Curriculum.  The curriculum is planned and delivered sequentially allowing to build on skills and knowledge to be embedded in pupils’ long term memory. This is regularly checked using rigorous assessment practices and quality assurance methods.


When implementing the curriculum we ensure that:

  • ·         We promote independence
  • ·         We provide a creative curriculum that promotes a love of learning
  • ·         Pupils challenge themselves from their individual starting point
  • ·         Pupils understand how to improve their work through conferencing and succinct marking
  • ·         We use effective questioning to check understanding and develop pupil’s thinking skills


At SMC, we make meaningful connections for all pupils across all subjects.  We actively promote the common good and British values (democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs) to prepare our pupils for life in modern day Britain.  We promote children's love of learning in a fully inclusive environment

St Margaret Clitherow School provides a highly inclusive environment where learners enjoy their education.  Pupils at all levels are helped to achieve their potential. Those who are most able are challenged, encouraged to expand their skills and knowledge through varied curriculum opportunities.  Those who find learning more difficult are encouraged and given targeted support to embed skills, to develop at their own pace and to learn in a style that best suits their individual needs.

We offer a range of support systems to enable all children (including vulnerable children, children on the SEN register and EAL members of our school community) to access the curriculum.  We have an inclusive approach to all areas of the curriculum.  We provide a range of support for our SEND children including speech and language therapy, 1:1 individualised programmes and art therapy.

We follow a progressive RSE curriculum in all year groups to enable children to develop their knowledge and skills in key areas such as spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.  These concepts are also reinforced in whole-school assemblies, collective worship and in the classroom.

Sport has a high profile at St Margaret’s, and pupils are introduced to a variety of activities.  We employ trained Sports coaches who teach children from Reception to Year 6. The school also employs a specialist music teacher ensuring all children receive a tailored programme in music from Nursery to Year 6. The children have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument as well as join an active school choir.

St Margaret’s provides the full core offer of extended school provision. Our free Bagel Breakfast is particularly popular. To promote physical health and wellbeing, a range of clubs gives learners an opportunity to access a wide variety of clubs after school hours.

 Subject leaders play an important part in the success of the curriculum by leading a regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and review. The curriculum design ensures that the needs of individual and small groups of children can be met within the environment of high quality teaching, supported by targeted, proven interventions where appropriate. In this way it can be seen to impact in a very positive way on pupil outcomes. Enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and good behaviour. Children feel safe to try new things. High quality visits and visitors into the school is also key.



We measure Impact holistically by;

  • ·         Observing teaching and learning – recognising strengths and areas for development following a termly schedule
  • ·         Subject leaders monitor work in their subjects (follows a termly schedule)
  • ·         Book scrutiines and pupil conferencing takes place (termly schedule)
  • ·         Assessing data to inform planning and strategy
  • ·         Monitoring behaviour and relationships alongside our Mission Statement and information from questionnaires and CPOMS data

As a whole school, we are working hard to ensure that there is a model of curriculum progression in every subject at St Margaret Clitherow School where the way the curriculum is planned meets pupils' learning needs.

Our overall outcome is to therefore to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum which provides children with the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to develop into well-rounded, informed individuals.

Please click here to access our curriculum statement document 

To find out more about our curriculum, please visit our curriculum subjects' pages by clicking on the links below.



Religious Education




Physical Education (P.E)

Art and DT


Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) & PSHE

Modern Foreign Languages - French

Our year group pages contain:

  • Curriculum guidelines for that year group
  • Termly overview grids for that year group 

Whole School Subject Overviews

 art-and-dt-whole-school-overview-2023-2024 (2).pdfDownload
 Computing whole school overview 2023-2024.docxDownload
 French 3 year overview from Sept 2023.docxDownload
 Humanities overview Website.pdfDownload
 Literacy whole-school overview 2023-2024.docxDownload
 Numeracy 2023-2024.docxDownload
 Science Whole school overview 2023-2024.docxDownload
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