Our Curriculum

Our Context

We continuously strive to maintain an excellent quality of education in all areas at St. Chad’s. Historically attainment and achievement has been rated Outstanding by Ofsted. (2008 and 2011).  Under the new Ofsted Framework, St Chad’s has recently been graded as Good.

Pupils are well-behaved and enthusiastic learners. Attendance and punctuality of the vast majority is excellent. Parents value their children’s education. The school enjoys an excellent reputation in the local community and is over-subscribed.

The school community highly values its faith ethos. It received an Outstanding grade under the Schools’ Anglican and Methodist Inspection (2018). As well as strong links with the Blackburn Diocese of Education, the school also values the School Support through Lancashire Education Authority.

The school has supported other schools through the FCTSA, School Strategic Improvement Fund (SSIF) projects and through working with cluster schools.

Our Intent

Our curriculum inspires, engages, and challenges our children.  Christian values are at its heart – we want our pupils to develop into well-rounded, compassionate citizens.

Our broad and balanced curriculum is enhanced by a range of enrichment opportunities including trips, visitors, music, sports and art events. A wide range of extra-curricular activities are planned to provide children with ample opportunities to learn and succeed, whatever their passion, skills and interests.


Our curriculum is implemented with our intentions as the drivers behind our actions.  By ensuring our pupils think about what they are learning, who we are when we are learning, how we act when we learn and who we are in the world, we build happy, resilient, successful, good citizens. Our implementation plan ensures our curriculum keeps us focused on these areas.

We use the National Curriculum as a starting point for our curriculum development and then embellish and deepen this further as a school but at the heart of this is learners being exposed to quality experiences and lessons with a large element of choice and need for independent thinking.  Visits and enrichment clubs allow learners even greater opportunities to find and develop their individual interests and personal talents. Visitors and parents coming into school to help at regular opportunities bolsters our offer and deepens experiences further.

For more information about our curriculum, please contact Miss Hopwood (e.hopwood@poultonstchadsce.lancs.sch.uk)