THE CURRICULUM AIMS AT SAINT MARTIN’S
At the heart of Saint Martin’s curriculum is our Christian mission, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” Jeremiah 29:11. All have been called and are treasured by the God. Our core purpose is to enable our pupils to know that they are loved and to realise their God-given potential. This means providing children, from all abilities and backgrounds, with an ambitiously academic curriculum where pupils succeed through excellent teaching, uncompromising standards of behaviour and relentless care.Our curriculum at Saint Martin’s is founded upon the belief that all pupils should learn about the ‘best that had been thought and said’. We are all the inheritors of the greatest ideas, writings and discoveries of the past. Our curriculum is designed to enable pupils to learn about these ideas, taught through the expertise of teachers whose mission it is to convey their knowledge and love of their subjects and to ensure that pupils remember what they are taught.
Our aim is for pupils to not only leave with superb qualifications; it is also to experience a rich education where they will have read great literature, studied the ideas of philosophers, appreciated art and music, explored the most fascinating scientific discoveries and much more. Our ambition is that through learning the ‘best that has been thought and said’, they will be supported in becoming thoughtful and educated human beings.
It is not the result of the labour of the ancestors of any separate class of people who exist today, and therefore it is, by right, the common heritage of all.
Every little child that is born into the world, no matter whether he is clever or dull, whether he is physically perfect or lame, or blind; no matter
how much he may excel or fall short of his fellows in other respects, in one thing at least he is their
equal – he is one of the heirs of all the ages that have gone before.’Robert Tressell, ‘The Ragged-Trousers Philanthropist’ pub.1914