Faculties


The school’s curriculum follows statutory requirements and the requirements of the National Curriculum. It is balanced and broadly based, and promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our pupils and of society, and prepares our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. The school is comprised of 11 faculties, to view faculty descriptions please click on a faculty from the list below.

Faculties

Faculty of English, Literacy and Media Studies Faculty of Mathematics and Numeracy
Faculty of Science Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Languages Faculty of Art, Design and Technology
Faculty of Business and ICT Faculty of Sport and Performing Arts
Welsh Baccalaureate Faculty of Learning Support
PSE Faculty Hearing Resource Base

 


Faculty of English, Literacy and Media Studies

Head of Faculty: Mr A Lillford

English is studied by all pupils in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 and is also an option for AS and A Level in the Sixth Form. Media Studies is a popular option at both GCSE and AS and A Level.


Faculty of Mathematics and Numeracy

Head of Faculty: Mr P Rees

Mathematics is studied by all pupils in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 and is also an option for AS and A Level in the Sixth Form.


Faculty of Science

Head of Faculty: Mrs J Rowlands

Science is studied by all pupils in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. In Key Stage 3, Science is taught through a thematic approach, with the focus on developing students investigative skills.
At KS4, pupils have a range of options to select from including; Separate Science in Physics, Chemistry, Biology; Core Science GCSE; Additional Science GCSE; and IVQs available in Science for Work, and Applied Science. BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science and GCE Psychology prove popular choices at AS and A Level.


Faculty of Humanities

Head of Faculty: Miss E Laidlaw

The Faculty of Humanities is made up of Geography, History and RE. All pupils in Key Stage 3 study all 3 of these subjects.
In Key Stage 4, Geography, History and Sociology are very popular GCSE options. RE is a compulsory subject and is studied by all pupils in Key Stage 4.
The Faculty offer a wide range of courses in the Sixth Form. Geography, History, RE, Sociology and Government & Politics are all available options at AS and A Level.


Faculty of Art, Design and Technology

Head of Faculty: Mr D Parker

All pupils in Key Stage 3 study Design Technology and this comprises of a series of lessons in Systems & Control, Resistant Materials, Graphic Design, Textiles and Food Studies. Throughout each year pupils follow the Design & Make process and are able to experience all subjects which operate on a carousel basis. All pupils in Key Stage 3 also study Art where they are able to experiment with a broad range of art media. Projects are designed to cover knowledge of artists and other cultures, understanding of specialist techniques and creative making skills.
In Key Stage 4, the Faculty offer a wide range of courses. These include the specialist subjects of Textiles, Resistant Materials, Systems & Control and Graphic Design. Pupils are able to further explore the possibilities of designing and making at a higher level and individually tailored projects allow them to fulfil their potential in their chosen medium. Also on offer to pupils are Catering, Child Development and Health & Social Care. Catering is a practical based subject where pupils learn new culinary skills and techniques, how to present food and how to prepare and cook food using different cooking methods. Pupils study the catering industry, health safety and hygiene, nutrition, healthy eating, special diets and menu planning. In Child Development pupils study the factors which affect physical, intellectual, emotional and social health and produce a portfolio charting the progress of a child. Pupils will also design and make an item to help a child’s development. In Health & Social Care pupils study a wide range of factors which affect physical and emotional health including diet, exercise, relationships, smoking, and alcohol abuse. Pupils also measure blood pressure, peak flow and BMI’s as ways of assessing health. Pupils also complete projects on the factors which promoting health and well- being and health and social care services.
Also on offer to pupils are GCSE Art & Design and Photography. In these subjects pupils are able to further develop their existing art and design skills, producing portfolio work that relates to their individual ideas and interests.
Similarly, there are a range of options available to pupils in the Sixth Form and pupils have the opportunity of studying Product Design at AS and A level where pupils from all areas of GCSE Technology are able to explore their studies further and incorporate a wide range of media within their outcomes.
The emphasis at AS and A level Art is on personal growth as an artist or designer. Pupils are encouraged to work more independently, producing analytical research and developmental studies that communicate their own artistic vision. The course prepares pupils for further education in any of the art based subjects.
Pupils can also choose to study AS and A Level Food, Nutrition and Health.
Areas covered include health, food preparation and safety, family and society, environmental and social issues.
Another option available is AS and A Level Health and Social Care. Pupils study communication skills, health promotion and anatomy and physiology.


Faculty of Business and ICT

Head of Faculty: Miss K Davies

All pupils in Key Stage 3 study ICT. In doing so, they learn the main Microsoft Office applications, as well as more specialised applications such as Macromedia Flash and Fireworks. All pupils in Year 9 are entered for Level 2 Key Skills in ICT which contributes towards their WBQ qualification in Key Stage 4.
The Faculty offer a number of options at GCSE. Pupils have the opportunity to study GCSE Applied Business Studies, GCSE Leisure & Tourism or can choose to study between 2 and 4 GCSEs in ICT by taking options on the DiDA course. The Faculty also offer an Entry Level course in Business Studies.
Similarly, there are a number of options available to pupils in the Sixth Form. Business Studies, Travel & Tourism, ICT and Computing are all available at AS and A Level.


Faculty of Sport and Performing Arts

Head of Faculty: Mrs R Fowler Thomas

This Faculty is made up of 3 departments which are Music, PE and Drama. All pupils in Key Stage 3 study all 3 of these subjects.
The Faculty offer a wide range of courses in Key Stage 4 and in the Sixth Form. Music, PE and Drama are all offered at GCSE, AS and A Level.
Music Technology is offered at AS and A level.
In Key Stage 4, BTEC Sports and GCSE Dance are also available.


Welsh Baccalaureate

Head of Faculty: Mr P Davis

St Cyres has established an enviable reputation for the WBQ Advanced Diploma and last year, 102 students were awarded this Diploma which is worth an A grade at A Level.
All students in the Sixth Form study for the Advanced Diploma and this involves completion of all 6 Key Skills (some at Level 3 and some at Level 2) along with the Core elements of the WBQ, which include community participation, an Individual Investigation involving substantial research and a comprehensive programme of Personal and Social Education, Wales, Europe and the World and work-related education.
All students in Year 10 also follow the Welsh Baccalaureate at the Foundation and Intermediate Levels, which has a similar structure to the Advanced Diploma. Students study four key skills at Levels one, two or three.


Faculty of Learning Support

Acting Head of Faculty: Ms H Williams

St Cyres is committed to supporting pupils with a wide variety of Additional Educational Needs and believes in equality of educational opportunity for all pupils. The primary objective is for all pupils with Additional Educational Needs to enjoy equal access to all areas of the curriculum.
The expertise of the Faculty staff at present covers many areas including: general and specific learning difficulties; physical impairments; hearing loss; pupils for whom English is an additional language; pupils who are More Able or Talented; and pupils who experience social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties.
A team of Learning Support Assistants provides in-class support and, where desirable and possible, one-to-one assistance to enhance reading, spelling and numeracy skills.


Faculty of Languages

Head of Faculty: Mr F Grasset

All pupils in Key Stage 3 learn a Modern Foreign language. The language will be either French or German, depending on the Year group and the site attended. More able linguists in Year 8 and 9 will have the opportunity to study both languages in the ‘fast track’ group.
All pupils in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 study Welsh.
French, German and Welsh are available options for study at both AS and A Level. The Examination Board that we use are AQA (GSCE French and German), WJEC (GCSE and A Level Welsh, A Level French) and EDEXCEL (A Level German)


PSE Faculty

Head of Faculty: Mrs S O’Kelly

All pupils in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 study Personal and Social Education. This programme gives pupils the opportunity to develop key skills as well as improve their understanding of important issues such as citizenship, moral issues, health and well being, lifelong learning and sustainable development.
The PSE Faculty also has responsibility for the organisation of the WBQ qualification in Key Stage 4. At this Key Stage, all pupils follow the foundation or intermediate Welsh Baccalaureate programme which enables them to gain qualifications in their key skills, gain a deeper understanding of Wales and relevant issues in Wales and also take part in important personal development activities such as Work experience, enterprise activities and community work.