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 G Davies

Mathematics is studied by all pupils across KS3 and KS4, with GCSE Mathematics and GCSE Numeracy qualifications awarded in Year 11. AS and A Level options for study within the Faculty are Mathematics and Further Mathematics, both taught on site. Numeracy is an area covered across the curriculum to enable pupils to apply their Mathematical skills throughout their learning.


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; Double Award Science GCSE; and Entry Level Certificate in Science.  Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Medical Science and Psychology prove popular choices at AS and A Level.


Faculty of Humanities

Head of Faculty: Mr D Farrow

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 a series of lessons in Product Design and Engineering, textiles and Food Studies. 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 subjects include the specialist subjects of Textiles, Product Design and Engineering 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 is Catering. 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.

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.


Faculty of Business and ICT

Head of Faculty: Mr D Morgan

During Key Stage 3 all students will study ICT, where they get the opportunity to learn the basics of the classic application suites and are able to explore the fundamentals of programming and Computer Science. At the end of the KS3 course students are able to confidently use the Office suite, develop websites, create animations and program simple software.

At GCSE the faculty offer a number of different options: a GCSE in ICT extends students previous knowledge to develop their skills to a professional level and gain an understanding of the wider implications of ICT. GCSE Computer Science focusses on students learning to program in Python, Java and HTML to a professional standard, and is the more technical of the qualifications. Business studies, assessed as CNAT Enterprise and Marketing , allows students to explore the world of business and enterprise, working through the process of launching a brand new product into the market and understanding what that means. We also offer Level 2 Personal Finance qualifications.

At A-Level the subjects ICT, Computer Science and Business studies are available; all of which develop student into independent professionals, giving them the skills, knowledge and confidence to excel in their chosen field.


Faculty of Sport and Performing Arts

Head of Faculty: Mrs R Fowler Thomas

This Faculty comprises of 4 subject areas which are Music, PE, Drama and Health & Social Care. During KS3 all pupils study Music, PE and Performing Arts which is provided by the Drama Department.  All four subject areas are offered optionally in KS4, where pupils now start the GCSE or equivalent in Year 9. In the Sixth Form, all subjects within this Faculty, offer a wide range of courses that run throughout AS and A Level.


Welsh Baccalaureate

Head of Faculty: Ms L Jones

All students in the Sixth Form study the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate which involves completion of all 4 Challenges, attainment of 2 A Level grades and Maths and English GCSE at C grade or above. The Challenges students complete are: Community Challenge; Enterprise and Employability; Global Citizenship and an Individual Project.
The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate is recognised by all UK Higher Education Institutions and it is included in almost all university offers received by our students, with some students receiving reduced offers based on their predicted grade for the WBQ qualification.
St Cyres 6th Form has established an enviable reputation for achievement in the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate. and last year, 100% of students entered for the award achieved it, with 26.5% of that cohort achieving A/A* grades.


Faculty of Learning Support

Head of Faculty: Ms E Torres

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 study Welsh. Welsh is a compulsory subject at KS4. In Year 9, pupils will focus on furthering their skills and knowledge of the Welsh language. GCSE-specific topics and themes will be studied in Year 10 and 11.

Welsh is also an available option at both AS and A Level.

All pupils in Key Stage 3 learn a Modern Foreign language. Year 7 pupils will start learning either French or German – depending on the year – and will study that language all the way to the end of Year 8.  In Year 8 all pupils will get taster lessons in French if they studied German in Year 7 and in German if they learnt French in Year 7.  All Year 8 pupils will also get taster sessions in Spanish.

All pupils will have the option to study either French, German or Spanish in Year 9 – regardless of whether they studied it at KS3 or not.

French and German are also available options for study at both AS and A Level.

The Examination Board that we use is the WJEC for all four languages.


PSE Faculty

Head of Faculty: Mr H Thomas

All pupils in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 study Personal, Social and Health Education. This provides pupils with learning experiences to develop their awareness and understanding of a wide range of topics such as Health & Wellbeing, Citizenship, Relationships, Sustainable Development and Online Safety. In addition to this, the Faculty promotes and coordinates enrichment activities throughout the year, including Mental Health Awareness Day, World Oceans Day, Healthy Eating Week and Charity fundraising events.

The Faculty also has responsibility for the organisation of the Skills Challenge qualification in Key Stage 4 which is equivalent to a GCSE. All pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 complete four challenges. These are Enterprise and Employability, Global Citizenship, Community Challenge and the Individual Project. Learners engage in active, creative, open-ended learner-led activities. For example, in the Enterprise task, pupils develop a unique concept for a product and a Dragon’s Den style pitch. The skills gained during the Skills Challenge are highly valued by employers, colleges and universities. The objective is for pupils to increase their confidence, develop skills, take on responsibility within group tasks and work effectively with others.

The Faculty also coordinates Work Skills and Careers Experiences education and work related placements.