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'Creativity takes courage.' - Henri Matisse


The aim of the Art department is to develop in our students an adventurous and enquiring mind, where students are encouraged to develop their competence in a range of skills which allow them to express their ideas, feelings and emotions. They develop an understanding of a rich heritage of art practice from different cultures both from historic and contemporary artists and designers to enable them to produce a personal response embracing a range of ideas, including the power of art to affect both their conscience, and how they see the world. They experiment with a range of media and materials including printmaking, photography, collage, textiles, three-dimensional studies, painting and drawing, them to develop confidence in their skills, and by offering constructive support and feedback, enhance their compassion towards others.


KS3 Curriculum

KS4 Curriculum

KS4: Students in KS4 follow the Edexcel syllabus.

Computer Science

'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 aim of the Computing Department is to equip pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. The core of computing is computer science, in which the pupils’ competence is developed in the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils’ conscience is developed through becoming digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology, and to exercise their knowledge and understanding with compassion, being aware of the power of social media to influence those around them for better or worse, and to be active, ethical participants in the digital world.


KS3 Curriculum

KS4 Curriculum

KS4: Students in KS4 follow the AQA syllabus for GCSE, or the OCR National Syllabus in ICT (Level 2).

KS5: Students in KS5 follow the AQA syllabus at A Level, or the Cambridge Technical Syllabus in ICT (Level 3).

Design and Technology

Through studying Design and Technology, students are encouraged to develop their competence in a range of skills which allow them to express their ideas, gain confidence in practical tasks and their application in future life.  Students will be exposed to a subject that, due to technological advancements, raises their conscience of the evolving technological world around them. We want our students to experience the impact of ambitious design and how it can create more comfortable lives through logical problem solving. They experiment with a range of tools and materials to develop confidence in their skills, and by offering constructive support and feedback, enhance their compassion towards others.



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.


KS3 Curriculum

KS4 Curriculum

KS4 Design Technology

KS4 Food Technology


Drama has the capacity to move people emotionally and challenge stereotypes and preconceptions. Students will be directed and facilitated to explore their own ideas, take risks, and develop a sense of responsibility to themselves and others around them, becoming independent learners and competent, confident performers. Through the Drama curriculum we aim to empower students to understand themselves and to exercise conscience in how they influence their world through exploring theory, theorists, roles, and situations. Drama is important to the growth of self-knowledge and self-worth, to the growth of respect for the self and compassion and empathy towards others.


KS3 Curriculum 

KS4 Curriculum

KS4: Students in Year 10 follow the AQA syllabus at GCSE.

Business, Economics and Politics



Our intention in Business Studies is to support students in developing competence.  To understand the nature of the workplace and be prepared for the future careers that await them.  Students will appreciate how businesses impact on our daily lives and develop an appreciation of how they operate. 

We will nurture students of conscience by helping them to understand that businesses are a key part of the world we live in from small local firms to the global corporations. Students will grow to appreciate how businesses work and how they make a difference to our world.  Students will be able to discuss the ethical nature of business and how you can work in businesses yet remain a person of conscience.

Through their studies students will appreciate that the world and the world of business is constantly evolving and that businesses can be compassionate in their operations.  Students will enter the workplace with a sense of compassion for people and the impact of their work and the work of businesses in general. 



Our intention in Economics is to support students in developing competence.  To understand the nature of the economy and be prepared for the real world with an understanding of important concepts such as inflation, unemployment and the nature of demand and supply..  Students will appreciate how the economy impacts on our daily lives and equally how we affect the economy. 

We will nurture students of conscience by helping them to understand the UK and global economy and develop an appreciation of why economic decisions are made and the impact they have on firms, people and the world.  Students will be develop ethical consciences in their discussions in Economics.

Through their studies students will appreciate that the world and the world is constantly evolving and that government can be compassionate in their economic decisions and management.  Students will have a sense of compassion for people and the impact of economies on people and firms.  In particular students will discuss concepts of poverty, unemployment and inequalities and consider solutions to society’s key problems.



Our intention in Politics is to support students in developing competence: a confident style and sense of purpose in lively debate and discussion.  The second objective is to nurture men of conscience by helping them to understand that ‘Politics’ shapes the world we live in from the tax we pay to what kind of education we receive. On a national and global scale it affects our future security and quality of life.

While studying Politics students will bring along exciting mix of viewpoints to the discussions as they explore different theoretical and political traditions like Conservatism, Liberalism and Socialism, and begin to develop an appreciation of tensions and strains within these philosophies as well as simply between them.

Through their studies students will experience content of lasting human value enabling them to conclude that humanity is of invaluable worth, that the world is constantly evolving and that we are called in all instances to be merciful, compassionate and just.'



KS4 Business Curriculum

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 Edexcel syliabus


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


Our primary intention in English is to assist students in developing competence: an assured style and sense of purpose in their written work. Students should be able to respond to a variety of writing opportunities in clear and precise prose which exhibits an individual voice and focus. The second goal is to foster men of conscience by exposing students to a body of canonical literature and the various ethical issues explored therein. Through their studies students will experience literature of lasting human value enabling them to conclude that humanity is of inestimable worth, that the world is constantly evolving and that we are called in all instances to be merciful, compassionate and just.



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!’.



KS3 Curriculum

KS4 Curriculum

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 enables pupils to develop a sense of deep curiosity about the world’s natural and human environments.  Our young people will inherit a world that is rapidly changing and our curriculum will enable pupils to grow in competence and make reasoned judgements about the causes and impacts of change in the natural and human world. We will provide pupils with a broad geographical curriculum which reflects the complexity and diversity of the earth’s systems, both natural and human. Our balanced geographical curriculum will allow pupils to develop a range of skills, knowledge and understanding. The thematic links which run through KS3, for example, will also support the principles or cura personalis and laudato si. Geography supports our pupils in becoming young men of conscience as they learn to critically evaluate the best courses of action available to us to manage our environment in a more sustainable way.

Our pupils will develop a deeper knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world and a more cosmopolitan and internationalist outlook.  They will go out into the world as young men of compassion, who understand key geographical processes and the impact human activity is having on the natural world. They will have the confidence and knowledge to speak out against environmental damage and promote a more sustainable way of life.


KS3 Curriculum

KS4 Curriculum

KS5 Curriculum

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.



KS4 Curriculum

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


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


The aim of the History Department is to enable students to construct an understanding of the historical world in which they live and critically engage with it.  We aim to inspire a lifelong love of history and want to develop passionate historians and independent learners who seek further knowledge, value hard work and education and who have the competence in asking questions and understanding the impact and relevance of the past on the world and society today. As Ignatian students we aim to help them to develop their conscience - their moral compass and understanding of their own choices, as well as enhancing their compassion towards others as responsible members of a community and society.


KS3 Curriculum

KS4 Curriculum 

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


Our intention in Law is to support students in developing competence: a confident style and sense of purpose in their written work and speaking skills. Students should be able to respond to a variety of scenarios in clear and precise manner. The second objective is to nurture men of conscience by helping them to understand that Law governs every aspect of our lives from conception to exhumation.

The course encourages students to develop the skills necessary to analyse and solve problems by applying legal rules and to develop the ability to communicate legal arguments and conclusions clearly and succinctly.

Through their studies students will experience content of lasting human value enabling them to conclude that humanity is of invaluable worth, that the world is constantly evolving and that we are called in all instances to be merciful, compassionate and just.'

KS5 AQA Syllabus

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


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


Mathematics is the Science that underpins all that the human race has achieved. Mathematics promotes pupils’ curiosity to following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language and by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, persevering in seeking solutions. Our students grow in their competence when handling Mathematical concepts, developing their fluency, reasoning and ability to solve increasingly sophisticated problems. With a wider understanding of the world, it’s problems, and how solutions to these problems can be reached, our students grow their compassion and empathy alongside one another through collaborative and individual study within lessons. We facilitate students in taking their Maths as far as they are able, be that GCSE, A Level or degree level. They are then encouraged to go off into the world and use their conscience and skills to help others less fortunate than themselves.


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.


KS3 Curriculum

KS4 Curriculum

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


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. 


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.”


KS5: Media Studies students follow the AQA


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

The MFL Department aims to instil a love of languages to all students, regardless of their ability. Our aim is to secure a coherent and consistent progression of learning from students’ differing starting points at the beginning of KS3 through KS4 and KS5 stages. AllFrench

students will leave their MFL education with a learning competence in French for conversational and informative purposes. In addition to this, we ensure that students are immersed in the culture of the target language countries with the offer of one day trips, residential trips, enrichment clubs and special projects such as writing letters to epals in other countries. We firmly believe that learning a modern foreign language is a 21st Century invaluable skill, both for the world of work and for the education of well-rounded and compassionate individuals. Learning a modern foreign language, as well as a classic language such as Latin, is a key cornerstone to a globalised world, to tolerance amongst cultures and it is also an essential ingredient to an open, well developed conscience.



KS3 Curriculum (French)

KS4 Curriculum (French)



KS3 Curriculum (Spanish)

KS4 Curriculum (Spanish)


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



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.


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


Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Through engaging and inspiring pupils to develop a love of music they will develop their competence and talent as musicians, becoming people of conscience by increasing their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose and listen with discrimination, showing compassion in giving constructive feedback to and working with their peers.



KS3 Curriculum

KS3 Skills tracker (Assessment without levels)

KS4 Curriculum

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



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




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 for 2019-2020 can be viewed here.

Physical Education

The Physical Education department challenges pupils to acquire a variety of core physical and intellectual skills to promote competence across a broad range of activities. Our aim is to embed an enduring love of physical activity and to provide a foundation for a healthy, productive and fulfilling lifePupils will understand the importance of fair play, sportsmanship, and resilience displaying conscience in their commitment to each other. We are a department who encourage self-reflection and recognise the importance of positive sporting values and engagement with the wider community. Students are enjoined to show compassion, foster positive relationships and promote strong moral values in a contemporary sporting environment.


KS3 Curriculum

KS4 Curriculum (Sports Science)

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

KS5: Students follow the AQA syllabus at A Level. 


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

Religious Education fires pupils’ curiosity to ask the ultimate questions regarding the meaning of life: What is our purpose? What is truth? What does it mean to be a Christian; a Muslim; an Atheist? Pupils will have opportunities to develop their intellectual competence in understanding their own faith and that of others. They will develop their conscience spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, so they become men and women for others who are compassionate, empathetic to others and sensitive to the world around us. We want pupils to be religiously literate, to be able to critically analyse sources and to be able to articulate their opinions and justify their points of view.


KS3 Curriculum

KS4 Curriculum

KS4: Students follow the  Eduqas syllabus (Catholic Christianity, Judaism and Philosophy and Ethics)

KS5: Students at A Level follow the Edexcel syllabus


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


Science at St Ignatius college intends to provide students with the tools to appreciate and understand the wonder and awe of all creation.  We do this by creating a firm foundation based on the ten big ideas of our universe.  Each year we will build and expand upon these ideas allowing them to grow in competence.  We focus on ensuring all students have the experience of utilising the scientific method continuously.  With this they will leave us able to analyse their world, build upon existing ideas and in turn form new ideas regarding its working.  They will develop their conscience in their consideration of how scientific knowledge is underpinned by an ethical dimension, and will show compassion to others when considering how we should utilise their scientific knowledge to further our role as stewards of our planet.


KS3 Curriculum



KS4 Core Science Curriculum

KS4 Triple Science Curriculum

Curriculum overview Combined Science Trilogy and Separate Sciences


Specification links:

AQA Combined Science Trilogy

AQA Biology    AQA Chemistry    AQA Physics



Curriculum map  AQA Biology  AQA Chemistry  AQA Physics


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.


KS4 Curriculum

KS4: Students follow the AQA syllabus
KS5: Students follow the AQA syllabus