Our Curriculum Intent

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).

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. The Headteacher is also a Specialist Mathematics Teacher who works with the North North West Maths Hub delivering professional development.

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.

The curriculum is structured in cross-curricular themes that are taught over a term or half-term. Science, History or Geography are the driving subjects of these themes. For example, the Vikings history topic, taught in Year 5, will include aspects of other subjects. Pupils will write Viking sagas in English and construct Viking boats in DT.

The 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.


Three key aspects of pedagogy underpin our approach:

  • Mindset: that all pupils have an “I can” attitude and build resilience. They know that with consistent hard work they can achieve.
  • Mastery: that all pupils master essential skills and knowledge as a foundation before the next stage of their learning, whether that be the next year group or the next phase of their education. We intend that the steadier, deeper pace of learning, will enable no child to be left behind, as well as providing deeper and richer experiences for children who are above the national expectation for their age.
  • Metacognition: to ensure that pupils develop independence. They know how they learn and are able to monitor this.

For more information about our curriculum, please contact Mrs Shrewsbury (s.shrewsbury@poultonstchadsce.lancs.sch.uk)