Blessed William Howard

The Painsley Catholic Academy was established in 2012. We are the largest Catholic multi-academy company in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

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Curriculum Overview

Please find below information on the curriculum. Parents or other members of the public can find out more about our curriculum by contacting the relevant Curriculum Leader / Head of Department or for general information contacting Mr T Dudley, Vice Principal.

Our aim is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which helps children to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes which fully prepare them for the next stage of their education and later life in modern Britain.

We run a two-week timetable, with 'Red Week' or Week 1 and 'Blue Week' - Week 2.  

At Blessed William Howard we guide and encourage all students to achieve academic excellence and ensure their God-given gifts and talents are utilised to the full.

We aim to foster the intellectual, social, creative, physical, moral and spiritual development of all our pupils and to this end, we look to ensure our curriculum is broad, balanced, relevant, and personalised.

We aim to create

  • Successful and resilient learners who enjoy learning; make good progress and achieve excellence.
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
  • Responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society.

We use our Rewards and Sanction policy to promote positive attitudes to learning which reflect the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success.

Key Stage 3

We have a very broad KS3 Curriculum covering 14 subjects meeting all the national curriculum requirements. This is taught in 25 hours of contact time each week.

Year 7-9

The curriculum includes:

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), French and Spanish
  • Humanities – History, Geography
  • Performing Arts – Drama and Music
  • Creative Arts – Art and Design Technology
  • Computing
  • Physical Education

At the end of Year 8, all students will choose their options in preparation for the start of year 9.  

Students continue to follow a broad and balanced curriculum with a Carousel running in: Geography, History, Music, Art, Drama, DT and Computing. 

Optional Subjects (two of the following):

  • Art & Design (BTEC)
  • Business Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Media (BTEC)
  • Digital Information Technology (BTEC)
  • French
  • Food Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Performing Arts (BTEC)
  • Sports Studies - Cambridge National
  • Spanish


Key Stage 4

Years 10-11

All students will study

  • Religious Education
  • English – Literature and Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science – Combined Science or Separate Science - Biology, Physics and Chemistry
  • Humanities – History or Geography
  • The two options the student selected at the end of Year 8

We offer a range of pathways to GCSE to meet the specific learning needs of our students

Pathway 1 – Students who will complete combined or Separate science, MFL and Humanities (approx 40%)

Pathway 2 – Students who will complete combined science, MFL and Humanities (approx 30%)

Pathway 3 – Students who will complete combined science and Humanities (Approx 30%)