Upper School

At St Wilfrid's we aim to provide a curriculum that is:

– ensuring the right balance and breadth of subjects offered as part of the curriculum
– ensuring pupils take the right amount of subjects for their needs, aspirations and next steps

– ensuring that the curriculum provides the appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding
– ensuring that the curriculum develops essential learning habits that will equip pupils with the dispositions to succeed in a challenging and changing world.

– ensuring that the curriculum where possible is interconnected across subjects and is appropriate for the age and experience of our pupils.

Vertically Integrated
– ensuring a spiral curriculum that builds on previous learning.

Appropriately Challenging
– ensuring an appropriate level of challenge for pupils whilst taking into account what is known about the way in which students learn so as to ensure high expectations are maintained

– ensuring that the right skills, knowledge and understanding are provided at the right time or stage in the curriculum in order to motivate and inspire pupils

– Ensuring that the curriculum content is relevant to the lives and cultural and religious backgrounds of our pupils

YEARS 7 & 8

The years 7 and 8 at St Wilfrid's all departments follow the National Curriculum and build on the knowledge that pupils have gained at primary school to provide a challenging foundation for their studies in Key stage 4. 

The subjects that are studied in years 7 and 8 are English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History, Art, Home Economics, Physical Education, Religious Education, French, PSHE & RSHE. 

During Year 8, students choose which subjects they want to take forward to study in years 9,10 and 11.

YEARS 9, 10 AND 11

In years 9, 10 and 11 students study the subjects they have chosen from their Options process in the Spring Term of Year 8. For some subjects year 9 is an opportunity to introduce pupils to some of the essential knowledge and skills they will need for GCSE level study. 


All students receive a weekly 40 minute PSHE/RSHE lesson.  These lessons further the understanding around Sex and Relationships Education, Citizenship and British Values.


Learning to practise habits such as resilience, tolerance and empathy, practising forgiveness and freedom not only underpin our  values but also reflect how we teach young people about British Values and living life in 21st century Britain.

For more information on the curriculum we follow, please contact our Senior Leadership Team via admin@stwilfrids.devon.sch.uk