Curriculum Planning

In St Genevieve’s the welfare and happiness of the pupil is at the centre of all curriculum planning. We wish to give each girl the opportunity to develop her potential to the full. While aiming for high academic standards, we understand the importance of building self-confidence in our pupils so that they can put their achievements to good use and capitalise on all the talents God has given them.

The curriculum offered at KS3 is fully informed by the statutory requirements of the NI Curriculum. The curriculum offer at KS4 and at KS5 fully meets the requirements of the Entitlement Framework. Together, they provide a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which is intended to prepare each pupil for adult life and life-long learning.


Key Stage 3

In the Junior School (Years 8-10) all pupils experience a common curriculum. On entering the school, pupils are placed into one of three Attainment Bands on the basis of their Transfer Report from their Primary School and on data from Base Line Testing.

Their progress is monitored by the Head of House throughout the year and, on the basis of recommendations from Class Teachers, Form Teacher, and Heads of Departments, pupils can be re-allocated within the Year Group. Within each Band classes are mixed ability. Table 1 below shows the subjects currently studied at Key Stage 3.


Pupils are offered experiences in each of the Areas of Learning as defined by the requirements of the Revised Curriculum:

 English with Media Education
 Mathematics and Numeracy 
 The Arts (Art & Design, Drama, Music
 Environment And Society (Geography, History
 Learning for Life and Work (Home Economics, Employability, Local and Global Citizenship, Careers Education)
 Modern Languages (Irish, French)
 Science and Technology
 Physical Education
 Religious Education
 Using ICT


In addition, pupils followed a Personal Development and Social Education Programme that is focused on 'values education' and CRED.

Key Stage 4

The course of study offered to Years 11 and 12 (4th and 5th years) is delivered as six core subjects and four optional subjects. The curriculum offer is a mix of General and Applied Subjects that fully meets the requirements of the Entitlement Framework

Students are placed in one of three possible ‘Pathways’ based on their personal career plan and in consultation with their teachers and parents

All pupils followed courses in the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Religion and Learning for Life and Work.



Students in Pathway 1 and Pathway 2 were invited to select FOUR optional subjects from the following offer:

 Art and Design  History 
 Applied ICT   Hospitality 
 Business Enterprise   Home Economics 
 Business Studies   Irish 
 Child Care  Moving Images Arts
 Child Development  Music
 Drama / Performing Arts  Physical Education
 Digital Technology  Science (Single or Double Award)
 English Literature  Technology
 French  Travel and Tourism
 Geography  Word Processing
 Health and Social Care  


Students in Pathway 3 are offered an alternative curriculum offer in order to meet their learning needs, facilitate differentiation, and maximise their performance in accredited courses. Student placement in this pathway is determined by their initial choice of Occupational Hospitality or Occupational Caring as a core subject. Students were also afforded ten hours for their Applied ICT course. Students then select two optional subjects from the list above.

In addition to the above subjects, which were all accredited as GCSE, or Level 2 equivalent, all students are offered classes in Physical Education, Careers Education, and Personal Education.

Sixth Form

At Sixth Form level, Years 13 and Year 14, a consortium arrangement operates between St Genevieve's and De La Salle College. This progressive partnership enables a wider range of subject choices to be offered to the students and ensures that the Entitlement Framework for Key Stage 5 is met. Classes at this level are often co-educational.

In Sixth Form, with the exception of a programme of Religious and Personal Education, all subjects are optional. The curriculum at Sixth Form is student-centred and is designed to meet the needs of learners as individuals. The curriculum offer is planned to maximise flexibility of choice for students and facilitates combining A-Level subjects with new Level 3 Applied courses and Level 2/GCSE courses.


The AS/A2 Level Consortium Curriculum Offer included:

 Applied ICT  French   Moving Image Arts 
 Art   Geography   Music 
 Biology   History   Physical Education 
 Business Studies   Health and Social Care (Level 3)   Politics 
 Chemistry  Home Economics  Psychology
 Child Care (Level 3)  Irish  Religious Education
 Drama & Theatre Studies  Mathematics  Sociology
 English Literature  Media Studies  Technology




Applied GCE Courses/Level 3 Courses are offered in:

  • Applied Business - Single Award
  • Applied Leisure – Single Award
  • Applied Science –Single Award
  • Applied Travel &Tourism - Single Award
  • Information Technology - Single Award
  • Child Care Learning and Development
  • Health and Social Care


Level 2 diploma Programmes are:

  • Business
  • Health & Social Care
  • Information and Communication Technology


GCSE Subjects offered are:

  • English Language
  • Mathematics


OCR Subjects offered are:

  • Key Skills Level 3
  • Text Production & Word Processing


Enrichment Courses offered include:

  • Certificate in Food Hygiene and First Aid
  • BTEC Certificate in Health and Social Care
  • BTEC Certificate in Children’s Care, Learning and Development
  • BTEC Certificate in Media
  • NVQ Level 2 in Beauty Therapy


Special Education Needs

Entitlement and Inclusion

On 1st September 2005 a new initiative became law, the Special Education Needs Disability Order. This law means that children with a disability have an entitlement to be educated in mainstream schools.

In St Genevieve’s the concepts of entitlement and inclusion have been in existence much longer than this law. All our pupils have an entitlement to realise their potential with whatever support they may need. This support takes on a variety of forms depending on the needs of the individual pupil in balance with the needs of the others.

For any extra provision to be provided the needs of each pupil will be assessed using a variety of sources of information:

  • confidential interviews with parents at enrolment
  • an educational psychologist report given by permission of parents
  • results from testing pupils within school at Years 8, 11 and 13; in Years 11 and 13 this data is used to apply for examination concessions.
  • a request by parents to have an educational psychology assessment carried out either for academic or behavioural reasons.
  • pupil information on the register for peripatetic support.
  • information disclosed or concerns raised at parent teacher meetings.

Educational needs of pupils are met in the classroom in the following ways, depending on the needs of the child:

  • small class placement,
  • extra Literacy/ Numeracy support,
  • specialist peripatetic support on a one-to-one basis,
  • specialist behaviour support,
  • classroom assistance support,
  • physical, visual and auditory annual consultations for those pupils for whom school is aware of the need.

Entitlement to support during examinations is a provision that our pupils are afforded. This entitlement does not reflect ability but need. Identified needs may be addressed by: having an examination paper read to a pupil; extra time concessions up to 25% of the total examination; rest breaks; use of amanuensis. These entitlements are applied for using strict guidelines from the Joint Council for Examinations.


The addressing the individual needs of each pupil is the key guiding principle of all our curriculum planning. The partnership between the school and the home is acknowledged as central to the success of the learning process pupils are engaged in. However, where parents consider that the curriculum provision for their child is not satisfactory, they are invited to express their concern to the school initially through their daughter’s Year Head who will consult with key school personnel.

Should the issue not be resolved at this stage, an interview should then be sought with the Key Stage Director of Stud or the assistant Vice-Principal (Curriculum) either of whom will be happy to advise further.



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