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Your Learning

Your Learning

At St. Ambrose Barlow learning is the responsibility of the student. It happens so many different ways: through group work, project work, presentations, lectures, investigations, experiments, performances and sports. The learning doesn't stop when school finishes. We offer extra classes, a wide range of co-curricular and enrichment activities and plenty of support. Our aim is for pupils to lead their own learning with confidence and success. This means embracing challenges and having the resilience to deal with failure and disappointment as well as enjoying the results when things go well.

Below is a table that explains our curriculum and indicates the number of lessons allocated to each subject each year.


We do operate a system of setting in English, Maths and Science. This means that pupils are placed in classes according to their ability based on their prior attainment (how the did in primary school or lower down the school) and assessments carried out in class. Sets are regularly adjusted as pupils make progress.

Personal Social & Health Education

This is timetabled in Year 9 as part of a carousel or rota of subjects. In other year groups PSHE is delivered through form time and through standalone, themed days such as those on careers or enterprise. PSHE is a vital part of a young person's development and we value it as highly as any other activity in school.

Religious Education

All pupils follow a course of religious education and all are presented for a GCSE in RE. In Year 9 they receive three periods per week of RE and in all other year groups, four periods.

CEIAG: Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

Here at St Ambrose Barlow, we appreciate that all our students are unique. All have their own strengths, talents, interests and aspirations. We want to encourage success not just during their studies here with us, but for the future too. The world of work is evolving and there are more options now then there ever have been. We want to ensure our students have access to support and guidance in exploring their career ideas and the routes available to them, through a variety of interactions and activities both here at St Ambrose and externally through our network of partners and employers.

We are very proud to have been awarded the Inspiring IAG Gold Award – the quality award for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance – during an inspection in July 2016. For more information on the Inspiring IAG award, click here.

For more information on CEIAG at St Ambrose Barlow please see the download below. 

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