St. Gregory's Catholic School
|Motto||"Christ at the Centre of Living and Learning"|
|Type||Voluntary aided Comprehensive School|
|Headteacher||Mr. Stephen Adamson|
|Specialism||Maths and Computing|
Royal Tunbridge Wells
|Houses||ESU, NE, EPD, CC, CPD|
|Colours||Red and Blue|
Often shortened to St. Gregs, the school consistently produces sound GCSE results and regularly appears in the (Times Educational Supplement|TES) Top 200 state schools league table. The school has been redeveloped numerous times in recent years, with the new Sixth Form block the most notable addition to the infrastructure of the school.
St Gregory's has a strong relationship with Catholic primary schools in the surrounding area, most notably St Augustine's Catholic Primary School from whom a large number of pupils come.
- To provide an environment in which all students will be able to develop morally, spiritually and socially.
- To promote in each child the acquisition of skills, knowledge and personal responsibility.
- To broaden our students' vision, understanding and experience of the world.
- To provide a broadly-based framework of study as required by the National Curriculum.
- To assist young people to make their own informed judgements.
Areas of Learning
The school is arranged into 5 Areas of Learning (AoL). Students are assigned to an Area of Learning and they will stay in this Area for all of their school career - developing a strong supportive relationship with their peers and the team of teachers in their Area.
Family members will be put into the same Area of Learning but not necessarily the same Review Group. The Areas of Learning are led by an Assistant Headteacher, supported by a Pastoral leader.
|Area of Learning||Subjects||Head of AoL||Pastoral Leader|
|Communication & Culture (CC)||English, MFL, Film Studies, Media Studies, Drama||Ms. P. Kerr||Ms. J. Griffiths|
|Creative & Physical Design (CPD||Art, Music, PE, Technology||Mrs. S. Molyneux||TBA|
|Ethos & Personal Development (EPD)||RE, Citizenship, PHSE, History||Mr. N Bradbury||Mrs. J. Devine|
|Environmental & Scientific Understanding (ESU)||Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), Geography.||Mr. T West||Mr. H. Nelson|
|Numeracy & Enterprise (NE)||Maths, ICT, Business, Statistics||Mrs. P. Skoyles||Mr. R. Cruse|
In year 7 students are taught in mixed-ability groups for most subjects - called by a Saints name (Anna, Clare, Joan, Simon, Peter, Luke). At the end of each day, students have 20 minutes Review Time, with their Review Tutor, in mixed age "vertical" Review Groups. This is to encourage students to reflect on their personal learning in a family environment. In addition, they will also have an "Enrichment" lesson, covering Citizenship and PHSE topics, taught in their Saints group.
Years 7 - 9
The following subjects are taught at Key Stage 3:
- Religious Education
- Physical Education
- Modern Foreign Language (French or Spanish)
- Technology (which includes: Design & Technology, Food, Resistant Materials & Textiles)
Note: German has now been replaced by Spanish, thus German will only be available for A-level
Year 10 - 11
All students follow courses leading to GCSEs in the following subjects:
- Religious Education
- English Literature
- English Language
- Science (double award or separate sciences)
Students then have a choice of subjects, leading to GCSEs:
- Art & Design
- Business Studies
- Separate Science (Chemistry, Physics and Biology)
- Physical Education
- French or Spanish
- Technology selected from: Food, Graphic Design, Resistant Materials & Textile
All students still have to participate in at least an hour of Physical Education a week.
The Sixth Form at St Gregory's is regarded as the most influential and responsible part of the school. All of the Year 12 students are deemed to be "Prefects", with some of them, through application and interview procedures made "Senior Prefects". The choice of post-16 education can be of ultimate importance and so we will do our utmost to provide the mixture of courses that best meets the needs of the individual. Students can take a mixture of 'AS' and AVCEs in year 12 in order to maximise opportunities for progression. Some students may choose to follow an intermediate VCE in year 12 with a view to taking up advanced courses later.
A range of options are available in the Sixth Form, including A level GCE, Applied A levels and B Tech qualifications.