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Curriculum

The curriculum in St Dominic's Grammar School for Girls reflects the statutory curricular requirements and offers our students a broad, balanced, and flexible range of qualifications which are matched well to their needs and interests and provide relevant pathways to appropriate destinations.  

Our curriculum offer at St Dominic's provides the full range of traditional A Level subjects in addition to several vocational options. Our extensive curriculum helps to ensure that our students consistently achieve outstanding success in external examinations at both CGSE and A Level and have the qualifications and skills needed to succeed in life after school.   

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The cross-curricular skills of literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology (ICT), are integrated to good effect across the curriculum with each of these areas being led discreetly by a member of teaching staff. We also prioritise the development of Oracy and have a middle leader devoted to leading the key curriculum area.

Our curriculum, at all levels, is kept under regular review to ensure it continues to meet the needs and interests of our students. The end of Years 10 and 12 mark key transition points when students embark on a new stage of their education.  The curriculum team work proactively with students and carers leading up to these key transition points to ensure that all students are offered the help and guidance needed to make effective and positive subject choices. Our Key Stage 4 and Post-16 curriculums are flexible and enable success.   

 

At St Dominic’s we prioritise the development of employability skills and the progressive development of these skills is inbuilt into daily life.  In addition to this aspect of the formal curriculum, it is crucial that students and parents are proactive in researching potential career pathways at the end of both Key Stage 3 and 4 to identify which subjects are required.  It is also important that students research each qualification before making a firm decision as this ensures that the correct decisions are made.  Our options booklets offer a breakdown of each subject, and we encourage you to read these carefully to make informed decisions.  

In addition to the formal curriculum our pupils have access to a wide range of enrichment and extra-curricular activities which are diverse yet inclusive and are valued by the pupils. 

Key Stage 3 (Years 8, 9 & 10) Study

Art and Design 

Drama 

English 

French 

Geography  

History 

Home Economics 

Information Communication Technology 

Irish 

Mathematics 

Music 

Physical Education 

LLW – Citizenship, Personal Development, Employability 

Religious Studies 

Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) 

Spanish

Technology and Design  

GCSE

All students study at least nine subjects at GCSE but a significant number choose to study ten subjects.

Additional Mathematics   

Art and Design 

Biology

Business Communication Systems 

Business Studies 

Chemistry

Digital Technology

Double Award Science  

Drama 

English Language  

English Literature   

French 

Further Mathematics

Gaeilge  

Geography 

Health and Social Care

History 

Irish 

Mathematics  

Media Studies

Music 

Physical Education 

Physics

Religious Studies   

Spanish

Technology and Design 

Post-16

We offer a large range of subjects at Post-16 Level.

 

The following subjects are on offer: 

Art and Design  

Biology 

Business Studies  

Chemistry 

Digital Technology  

Drama

English Literature 

French 

Financial Studies

Geography 

History 

Health and Social Care

Information Technology  

Irish 

Mathematics 

Media Studies

Music 

Physical Education

Physics 

Politics

Professional Business Services

Psychology

Religious Studies 

Sociology

Spanish

Systems Software Development

Technology and Design 

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