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Art

'Creativity takes courage.' - Henri Matisse

The philosophy upon which work in the art department is based on is to offer all pupils a wide and diverse range of visual and educational experiences. Aesthetic learning is vital to the formation of a pupil’s whole personality as it strives to educate the feelings, senses as well as the cognitive faculties. We hope to provide pupils with looking, thinking and technical skills which will enable them to respond with confidence to their individual and personal views of themselves and their world.

KS3 Art

KS4 Art (Edexcel)

Computer Science & ICT

'Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you want to pursue a career in the 21st century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn.' - Stephen Hawking

The ICT department aims to provide students with a balanced curriculum covering the use of digital tools and computer science.  To this end we cover concepts in sequence learning less complex theories first, in detail giving sufficient time and attention allowing students the opportunity to achieve mastery of content at different time intervals.   One aspect of mastery learning is learning in sequence; each step prior to advancing to the next step is essential.  All students can perform to their own higher capacities with this model.  Units are hierarchically, across the key stage, so that the material in one unit builds on the material from the preceding unit.

KS3

KS4 (AQA)

KS5

Design and Technology

'Design and technology is about making things that people want and that work well. Creating these things is hugely exciting: it is an inventive, fun activity.' - James Dyson, Chairman, Dyson Ltd

Design and technology prepares pupils to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. Pupils learn to think and intervene creatively to improve quality of life. The subject calls for pupils to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, as individuals and members of a team. They must look for needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making products and systems. Pupils combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. As they do so, they reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects. Through design and technology, all pupils can become discriminating and informed users of products, and become innovators.

FACILITIES

The department has five work areas:
Three multipurpose workshops, two of which have direct access to a hot metal process area.
One Graphics / Computer room containing 14 computers which form part of the main school network.
One purpose built Food Technology room.

RESOURCES

The department is well resourced with equipment and consumables in stock, a range of software including CAD/CAM. Further development is ongoing.

KS3

KS4 Design Technology

KS4 Food Technology

Drama

Drama has the capacity to move and challenge values, and identities. We encourage students to explore and take risks as well as developing a sense of responsibility becoming independent learners. Through our drama curriculum we aim to empower students to understand and influence their world through exploring roles and situations. Drama is important to the growth of self-knowledge and self-worth. It encourages students to investigate their own values and those of others.

Drama schemes of work in KS3 explore three main areas: Drama skills, Scripted and Devised work. In lessons students learn to develop a range of Drama techniques such as still image, thought-tracking, narration and hot-seating, as well as spontaneous and rehearsed improvisation. Students have the opportunity to learn about theatre using different genres and styles. 

KS3

Business, Economics and Politics

BUSINESS

At GCSE level the focus of the course is on an investigating small business. Students study topics such as the qualities of an entrepreneur, understanding customers needs, location and the different sources of finance available for new businesses. As well as studying how small businesses start, students will also study how the economic environment may affect their business by looking at the business cycle and exchange rates. In Year 11 students will investigate larger businesses. This course covers areas such as finance, human resources, operations and marketing. The course teaches students important skills such as being able to make a judgement, consider other viewpoints and build an argument from one single point to a convincing case.

At sixth form we offer a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Business. The first year of the BTEC course focuses on the examination unit of finance as well as three additional units. The topics include: the different functional areas of business, marketing, finance and the external environment which businesses operate. Students learn quantitative techniques such as break-even analysis and sales forecasting. The second year of the BTEC course focuses on the vocational element of the course. Students will organise, run and evaluate an event for the local community. They will also complete three additional units in Year 13 to secure the diploma qualification. As a department we use up-to-date case studies of real businesses to make the subject come alive.

ECONOMICS

Economics is a dynamic subject that forces us to deal with the challenge of allocating scarce resources to human beings with a wide variety of needs in a world that is ever changing. Economics requires students to be curious and critical, with an ability to understand the real-world application of their study. Although it is generally classified as a social science, economics uses scientific methods as a basis for its investigations. Students learn to use models and theories to explain economic interaction and to study the behaviour of groups of individuals. This is a subject that is extremely enjoyable and very rewarding and many students go on to do economics or a related course at University.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

The aim of this two year course is to give those students with a lively interest in the current political scene a critical awareness of the nature of government and politics and to help them form opinions based on fact and logical thinking. We expect students to:

-Develop powers of critical thinking in order to communicate and argue effectively on paper and in class

-Acquire a knowledge and understanding of the political institutions and processes of the UK in the Lower Sixth and to compare and contrast Political Ideologies in the Upper Sixth

-Understand and form an opinion on the major political issues facing the UK and other major democracies, as well as their role as citizens

-Develop an understanding of political theory and its limitations

No prior knowledge is needed, just a desire to explore new ideas with an open mind, a willingness to read a broad-sheet newspaper or news magazine on a regular basis and follow current affairs on radio, television and cyberspace. You should enjoy argument and debate, listening to others as well as voicing your own opinions. During the course of the Autumn term in the Lower Sixth students have the opportunity to visit the Palace of Westminster. This is an excellent opportunity to have a guided tour of Parliament and to place academic studies into context.

The syllabus involves the study of a variety of issues central to contemporary British and Political Ideologies.

COURSES

KS4: Business students in Years 10 and 11 follow the Edexcel syllabus.

KS5: BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Business follow the Pearson syllabus.

KS5: Economics A students follow the Edexcel syllabus.

KS5: Politics students follow the AQA syllabus.

English

Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul.' - Anne Lamott

The English department at St Ignatius College has an honourable tradition of producing pupils who value the joys of the written and spoken word. We encourage pupils to discuss literature and its related ideas and to take a keen interest in the world around them. This ethos and commitment have produced individuals who see reading as a lifetime’s pleasure and are imbued with an intellectual curiosity that will remain with them long after they leave St Ignatius.

There are ten full- or part-time members of the Department.  We work very much as a team, combining all our expertise and enthusiasm to produce a student centred and stimulating approach to learning.  Our pedagogy is underpinned by a commitment providing a rigorous, challenging and enriching educational experience for all students, where individual needs are catered for and the opportunity to develop and achieve potential is provided, regardless of ability. To this end, our practice, schemes of work and resources are rich and bespoke to meet the needs of all students.

TRIPS AND ENRICHMENT

To support the curriculum, we organise trips and enrichment activities. In previous years, KS3 pupils attended Shakespeare workshops and performances, whilst KS5 pupils visited the Richmond Theatre to see ‘Oh, what a lovely war!’.

COURSES

KS3: currently being updated

KS4: Students in Years 10 and 11 follow the AQA syllabus for English Language and English Literature

KS5: Students at A Level follow the AQA syllabus (Love through the ages/Text in Shared Context)

Geography

The Geography department at St Ignatius College believes that it has an important role to play in the process of Jesuit Education. The special character of a Catholic and in particular Jesuit school suggests that our role should be to try to instil a sense of wonder, mystery and joy about the world and its people. As such we must be prepared to confront some of the controversial issues which face the world today. We should seek to encourage values that are not self centred and to promote the cause of justice at every opportunity. In doing so we would hope to combat the values of materialism and consumerism thereby encouraging pupils to realise that the Earth’s resources and the gifts and talents of its people should be developed for the good of the human community as a whole. In doing so we would hope to play a part in the effort of Jesuit education to form men and women for others.

AIMS

The particular aims of the Geography department are:

  • to provide a thorough training in the subject matter and techniques of Geography

  • to develop pupil’s understanding of their surroundings and to extend their interest in and knowledge of other places

  • to enable our pupils to gain a perspective within which they can place local. national and international events

  • to help our pupils to think logically and to utilise and evaluate information in an open minded way

  • to encourage pupils to learn from and work in co-operation with others

  • to help our pupils learn about the variety of physical and human conditions on the earth’s surface and the ways that people react to and modify their environment

  • to help pupils understand the links between places and understand the spatial organisation of human activities

  • to enable pupils to gain an understanding of the processes that have shaped the earth’s surface

  • to enable pupils to become aware of the contrasting opportunities and constraints facing people living in different parts of the world

  • to allow pupils develop a range of skills which will enable pupils to critically examine those issues that have a geographical dimension

We hope to help our students to become aware of their talents and to realise that they should develop them for the good of the human community. We would like to feel that they will be able to reflect upon their own personal experiences and be sensitive to the needs of others and thereby discern what course of action they take will be more for the greater glory of God.

COURSES

KS3: Currently being updated

KS4: Students in Years 10 and 11 follow the Edexcel syllabus. Click here to download a copy of the KS4 (Years 10 and 11) Curriculum Map.

KS5: Students at A Level follow the Edexcel syllabus.

Health & Social Care

The Cambridge Nationals in Health and Social Care has been developed to give learners the opportunity to study in a more vocational way and can lead to employment in the Health and Social Care sector or progression to higher vocational qualifications in Health and Social Care.

The design of the qualification will allow pupils the freedom to explore more deeply the areas of Health and Social Care where they will learn about careers in this area, care values which are promoted in adult and early years settings, the importance of different forms of communication and the practical skills and theory needed for First Aid.

COURSE INFORMATION

KS4: Students in Years 10 and 11 follow the OCR syllabus for Health and Social Care
They will study the following units: 
RO21 Exam, RO22, R031, R023

History

'The more you know about the past, the better you are prepared for the future.' - Theodore Roosevelt

The History department aims to instil a sense of curiosity about the past and encourages as many students as possible to study History. The students get a strong sense of the narrative in history while developing skills specific to the subject. All students get an opportunity to write convincing arguments which are supported with facts.

COURSES

KS3: Currently being updated

KS4: Students in Years 10 and 11 follow the Edexcel syllabus

KS5: Students at A Level follow the Edexcel syllabus - We follow Route F- Paper 1, Option 1F: In search of the American Dream: the USA, c1917– 96 Paper 2, Option 2F.2: South Africa, 1948–94: from apartheid state to ‘rainbow nation’ Paper 3, Option 35.2: The British experience of warfare, c1790–1918

Law

Studying Law gives students an understanding of the role of Law in today's society and raises their awareness of the rights and responsibilities of individuals.

By learning about legal rules and how and why they apply to real life, students also develop their analytical ability, decision making, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. All these skills are highly sought after by higher education and employers. 

In Year 1 students study: English Legal system, Nature of Law, Criminal Law, Tort Law

In Year 2 students study: English Legal System, Nature of Law, Contract Law

KS5 AQA Syllabus

Mathematics

Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.' - Albert Einstein

At St Ignatius College we believe that excellent teaching of Mathematics at Key stage 3 is the foundation in developing highly motivated students who then go on to achieve their potential at later stages of their Mathematics learning. This is what we aim to achieve with our challenging but well supported curriculum which includes rich tasks that help to develop the students problem solving and thinking skills. 

At GCSE the Mathematics course is designed to develop the skills needed both for working life and continuing education. Students will need to be able to apply their knowledge to real life problem solving, as well as in examinations.

Talented mathematicians in years 7-13 are entered for National Maths Challenges that are run by the UK Mathematics Trust. Over 4000 schools participate in these tests and 34 St Ignatius pupils took part in 2014. 11 pupils in the school achieved  bronze awards, 5 silver awards and 2 gold awards with 2 pupils scoring highly enough to be put through to the next round of national competition.

COURSES

KS3: In Years 7 and 8 students continue to build upon the six main areas studied at Key Stage 2 in their primary schools. These are ‘Number’, ‘Algebra’, ‘Ratio, proportion and rates of change’, ‘Geometry and Measures’, ‘Probability’ and ‘Statistics’. Students begin to apply their mathematical knowledge to a range of real life and abstract contexts.

KS4: Students in Years 10 and 11 follow the Edexcel syllabus.

To access a collection of past papers and practice papers please click on the following links:

Higher Tier

Foundation Tier

KS5: A Level Maths and Further Maths students follow the Edexcel syllabus.
The Pearson Edexcel A-level in Mathematics consists of three externally-examined papers. Students will complete all assessments in May/June in Year 13. Each paper is a 2-hour written examination and worth 100 marks (or 33.33% of the qualification). Calculators can be used in all of the assessments.

Media Studies

Media Studies is compatible with both Arts and Science based subjects. In addition to providing interesting and valid access to degree courses at university, a qualification in Media Studies also offers opportunities to students who are planning a future in broadcasting, publishing and the communication industry.

A-level  Media Studies engages students in the in depth study of media products in relation to the four areas of the theoretical framework:

  • media language
  • media representation
  • media industries
  • media audiences.

Students are required to study media products from all of the following media forms:

  • television
  • film
  • radio
  • newspapers
  • magazines
  • advertising and marketing
  • online, social and participatory media
  • video games
  • music video

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

No prior knowledge of the subject is required, though the course does build on (but not rely upon) knowledge, skills and understanding acquired at GCSE A* - C should have been achieved. 

WHAT THE STUDENTS SAY?

You do coursework which involves filming for different media platforms. Which is a great experience. I learnt how to film, edit and market my Music Video. This really developed my knowledge of marketing and I learnt other new skills.

“Media studies allows you to broaden your horizons on different technology and programmes helping you write blogs and expand your media vocabulary. I’ve now decided to take a Media Studies/ Combined Degree  as a result of taking this course.”

COURSE

KS5: Media Studies students follow the AQA

MFL

'One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.' - Frank Smith

Our Aims

  • to motivate and inspire pupils to learn languages
  • to promote an awareness and acceptance of different cultures
  • to provide pupils with the skills to communicate effectively in a foreign language
  • to broaden pupil’s horizons through visits abroad and contact with foreign language speakers

COURSES

KS3: Currently being updated

KS4: Students in Years 10 and 11 follow the Edexcel syllabus for  FrenchSpanishGerman

TRIPS

The Department organises regular trips to Germany and France, to develop the pupils’ language skills and discover more about the culture and history of the target language countries. 
We also organise European work experience for 6th form pupils, which gives pupils the opportunity to live with a family in Germany or France and complete a work placement.

Music

'Where words fail, music speaks' - Hans Christian Anderson

St Ignatius College has as strong musical tradition, where music makes an important contribution to the life of the school. All styles of music-making are celebrated, and this is reflected through a diverse music curriculum and a broad range of extra-curricular activities. Music has an important role in the religious life at St Ignatius College. All boys celebrate their Catholic faith through music when they attend masses and other religious events held throughout the year. The college hymn ‘Beatum Pangimus’ embodies the life of St Ignatius of Loyola, and is sung at all major events. We believe, along with St Ignatius, that all our music-making should be ‘for the good of the human community’.

COURSES

KS3: Curriculum map. Skills tracker (Assessment without levels)

KS4: Students in Years 10 and 11 follow the Edexcel syllabus.

INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS AT ST IGNATIUS COLLEGE

Instrumental lessons are offered on a large variety of instruments. Many of those learning an instrument also take part in extra-curricular music activities at the school. All instrumental lessons are run by the Enfield Music Service. If you wish to apply for instrumental lessons, please contact Enfield Music Service and complete the application form found on their website. Alternatively, students can obtain the latest application form from Student Services. 

Enfield Music Service

Unit 10 & 11, Centre Way

Claverings Industrial Estate

London N9 0AP

Telephone: 020 8807 8881

website: https://new.enfield.gov.uk/services/children-and-education/enfield-music-service/

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

St Ignatius College has a thriving extra-curricular programme which all students are encouraged to get involved in. Ensembles include the College Choir, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band, Guitar Ensemble, African Drummers and Close Harmony Group. Regular trips both in the UK and Overseas are organised for pupils to gain valuable experience in performing and listening to a broad range of music in different settings. A timetable of activities can be viewed here

Physical Education

The PE department aims to ensure that on leaving the College at the end of their career each pupil will have achieved the following:

  • The ability to participate in and enjoy a range of physical activities, thereby leading to a high percentage taking up one or more physical activities in their leisure time.

     

  • To appreciate the importance of physical activity and fitness.

     

  • To have the awareness necessary to be sympathetic to the needs of others in a social and sporting context.

A Jesuit school values the stimulus of competitive games, it urges students to distinguish themselves by their ability to work together, to be sensitive to one another, to be committed to the service of others. Physical Education has a major role to play in the development of “Men for others”.

COURSES

KS3: Currently being updated

KS4: Students in Years 10 and 11 follow the AQA syllabus.

KS5: A Level students follow the AQA syllabus. Btech students follow the Pearson syllabus.

Psychology

Does prison really does change criminal behaviour? What would happen if you had two brains? Do the experiences you had before the age of five really do shape the person you are today? Psychology is “the study of the mind”, it is the science of why we think and behave the way we do. At heart, we are all psychologists – we all wish to understand ourselves and others better!

You will learn about conformity, social norms, how the mind remembers and forgets and how children form attachments. You will develop your analytical thinking, problem solving and critical reasoning skills. You will learn how to plan and conduct scientific investigations and how to analyse and interpret data.

The topics studied in year 1 and at the start of year 2 are: Social influence, Memory, Attachment, Approaches in psychology, Biopsychology, Psychopathology, Research methods

In year 2 you will build on the topics studied in year 1 and study the following additional topics:

Issues and debates in Psychology: learn about the fascinating tendencies of human behaviour, with options looking into gender differences and the criminal mind.  

Relationships, Gender or Cognition and development (Option 1)

Schizophrenia, Eating behaviour or Stress (Option 2)

Aggression, Forensic psychology or Addiction (Option 3)

KS5 AQA Syllabus

 

Religious Education

St Ignatius College sees, as an important part of its mission, the need to ensure that all of its pupils develop excellence in knowledge and understanding of Roman Catholicism. This will enable pupils to engage the Catholic faith in relation to the modern world and appreciate its unique and pressing perspective. In order to satisfy this part of its mission, all pupils study Religious Studies at GCSE. The course builds upon the work covered during Key Stage 3.

COURSES

KS3: Currently being updated

KS4: Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 follow the Edexcel syllabus (Catholic Christianity, Judaism and Philosophy and Ethics)

KS5: Students at A Level follow the OCR syllabus

RE Curriculum maps

Science

'The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.'- Edward Teller

Learning about science develops students' problem solving skills, teaches students that many popular scientific beliefs are inaccurate and helps students keep up to date with the rapidly accelerating progress in science and technology. Understanding about science allows students to act responsibly towards the environment and take part in scientific debates. In short, everybody needs to be able to think scientifically to acquire accurate information about the world.

COURSES

KS3:

KS3 Curriculum map; Skills trackers (Assessment without levels) Year 7, Year 8, Year 9

KS4:

Curriculum overview Combined Science Trilogy and Separate Sciences

Specification links:

AQA Combined Science Trilogy

AQA Biology    AQA chemistry    AQA Physics

 

KS5:

Curriculum map  AQA Biology  AQA Chemistry  AQA Physics

Sociology

Ever wondered how we developed into the society we are today?

How the way you see yourself determines the way people identify you? Whether men or women are more likely to commit a crime?

A-level Sociology will help you to make sense of the society we live in and understand the cultural and identity issues which affect us all.
You will learn a number of skills including the use of evidence to support your arguments, how to investigate facts, and critical thinking. It is relevant to the society you live in so you are bound to enjoy learning about topics that are relevant to everyday life; plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers
Sociology is the scientific study of human life, social groups, whole societies and the human world as such. Its subject-matter is our own behaviour as social beings, which makes it a dazzling and compelling enterprise.


Sociology teaches us to take a much broader view of our own lives in order to explain why we act as we do. It teaches us that what we regard as natural, inevitable, good or true may not be so, and that things we take for granted are strongly influenced by the past and social processes.


To be a good sociologist you need to acquire more than just knowledge. You need to develop your ‘sociological imagination’ which means thinking of yourself away from the familiar routines of our daily lives in order to look at them from a new and often different perspective. Learning to become a sociologist will never be dull or tedious. Sociology has major practical implications for people’s lives; this alone will provide you with self-enlightment.


Exam Board: AQA