Classroom Insight

Curriculum Rationale

St Thomas More Language College provides a broad and balanced curriculum suitable for students of all abilities.

Students' baseline data is assessed at the beginning of Year 7 to highlight individual strengths and weaknesses including in literacy and numeracy and support is identified for EAL, SEND and the More and Most Able. Extra timetable support is provided during Year 7 to ensure no child is left behind and that they are prepared for their Year 8 curriculum.

The data recorded during year 7 & 8 assists the College in making provision to accommodate the needs of all students from Year 9 onwards. The new 9-1 GCSEs mean that many subjects are now using year 9 as a preparatory year for GCSE.   Once students move into years 10 & 11 they follow a full cohort of GCSEs with some subjects offering alternative BTEC courses.

"Students' good achievement and outstanding personal development is supported by a much-improved and good curriculum."

"The college's exceptionally strong contribution to partnership working has helped it develop an increasingly broad range of curriculum options that meet students' needs and aspirations."

"The languages specialism considerably enhances the curriculum by enabling students to become competent in a wide range of languages, and by exposing them to a wealth of international opportunities."

"The specialism has a pronounced impact on teaching and learning across the college and in local schools."


Key Stage 3

Key Stage 2 data is used to ensure that every child makes the transition to Secondary school effectively.  Students in years 7 & 8 follow a curriculum including

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • RE
  • MFL (French or Spanish)
  • Art
  • Computing
  • Music
  • PE
  • Technology

Home learning is set regularly in all subjects and students have access to a wide range of resources to support their learning away from school such as Active Learn, Doddle and Kerboodle.

Key Stage 4

Students in Key Stage 4 follow a core curriculum of:

  • English (Language and Literature)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • RE
  • MFL (French or Spanish)
  • PE

In addition students select 2 option subjects from a broad offer including Art, Business, Computer Science, Geography, History, I Media, Media, Music and Sport BTEC.

We encourage students to work closely with their parents/carers to choose the option subjects they have the most interest in and which they believe will provide them with the necessary skills and qualifications for the next stage of life.  The use of data enables staff to support students in making the right decisions so that the prospects of further education and career choice can be assured.

Home learning is set regularly in all subjects and students have access to a wide range of resources to support their learning away from school such as Active Learn, Doddle, GCSE Pod and Kerboodle as well as revision guides.

These strategies have greatly enhanced our students' self-esteem and belief in their abilities and, in turn, our attainment figures.  Please see Academic Success page for details of our examination results.  It is the intention of all staff at St Thomas More Language College to prepare all students for the smooth transition to Key Stage 5 and to ensure they have the attributes and knowledge required to become independent and lifelong learners.

Further details about the options we offer can be found on our subject-specific pages.

St Thomas More Language College,
Cadogan Street, Chelsea,
London, SW3 2QS