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St Thomas More Catholic Upper School
Tyne Crescent, MK41 7UL, UK Bedford
+44 (0)1234 400222

Welcome to St Thomas More Catholic School

A warm welcome from the Headteacher


Welcome to St Thomas More Catholic Upper School. 

I hope you enjoy our website and find it interesting and informative. 


St Thomas More is the lead school in the Bedford Federation of Catholic Schools, St Frances Deanery.  We provide exciting learning opportunities, in an outstanding environment, expertly crafted by highly committed teachers and support staff.  


Our continued academic success is achieved through the dedicated partnership between students, parents and school.  At St Thomas More the students are at the centre of everything we do.  Their happiness, fulfillment and care are the fundamental focus of all activity.


Please take time to view the following pages.  If you would like to know more about our community, or would like to visit us, do not hesitate to contact me at the school.


 Alan Lee



Mission Statement
Special Needs
Emmaus Centre
Non-Teaching Staff


How to Choose your Course
Why a Sixth Form at St. Thomas More

Gifted and Talented?

G&T WISE is the new website from the Gifted & Talented Education unit (GTEU) at the DfES which is designed to support all those involved in gifted and talented (G&T) education.

Every resource has been reviewed by a leading expert in gifted and talented education with suggestions on how the material can be used, including information on their relevance to G&T education.

Visit G&T WISE and get access to:

  • a searchable catalogue of G&T resources
  • practical advice and support
  • answers to common questions

For help with the provision of teaching your gifted and talented child visit

Extra Curricular

                  MATHS CLUB
                   Day : Tuesday
                Venue: M6
              Time: 13.35 to 14.05

This club is open to any Year 9 and Year 10 students wishing to explore new areas and concepts of Mathematics, and would be of particular interest to those students wishing to take part in the Maths Challenges later this year.


CHARITY EVENTS: a proud and regular feature in our school life.  Many events are organised, either on a year group basis or with the involvement of the whole school.

MUSIC:  there is an opportunity to participate in a range of public performances. Different interests and skills are provided for in a range of after-school activities.  The school has been recognised in many musical competitions and events.

SPORT: the school offers a broad range of games and competitions.  Regular practices take place both during the lunchtimes and after school.  Inter-school matches are played at weekends and after school in the week.  The Sports Department also offers the chance to participate in an Outdoor Activities week, and organised ski trips.

RETREATS: There are several occasions in the school year, outside school when young people have the opportunity to experience personal reflection, spiritual growth and community religious celebrations.



Young Enterprise is an opportunity offered to all those young students that have the flair and skills to set up and run their own real live business. It consists of a group of people, as no business is successfully run by a single person unless you are thinking of a sole owner.  But as this opportunity was not offered to a single person, a group of young determined students came together to create their own business from scratch.


In this particular case we are talking about 7 successful students:- Nicola Phelan (Managing Director), Emily Wilson (Secretary), Neena Khinda (Human Resources), Belindar Gill (IT Director), Yolanda Cuccurullo (Advertising Director), Karl Stokes (Financial Director) and myself, Lucinda Gill (Marketing Director).  We were each appointed a specific role to play within the Company which we fulfilled successfully.  The seven of us came up with fresh new ideas, developed them and put them into action. Our first task was to pick a company name.  This was probably the most difficult task set for us, but we eventually decided on the name eNVy Productionz.


Our first idea was to hold a gig at the school.  We organised music, entertainers, posters and charged fee for each person entering.  The idea was very successful and an awful lot of people came to the event.  We made enough money to start up the ‘proper’ business and to start thinking about products which we wanted to produce.  As we were not used to each others company and ways; as the next event approached we did not put as much thought into the product as we could have.  We therefore came up with something quick, simple and easy and something we know would have a positive effect on our customers - Sweets!    We made bags of sweets and hand-wrapped them, bought some home-made fudge at cost, production price and did the same and organised games and also ‘pick-a-mix’.  Our main objective was to catch the attention of young children – and it worked!  We were a success at Milton Keynes and although we might not have made the amount of profit that we had hoped for, we still made enough.


After these two events we finally began to crack on with our actual product.  All the members of the Company had now become accustomed to one another so it was a lot easier than previously.  We ‘brainstormed’ and came up with an idea to produce a calendar of our school year.  We had a lot to think about before producing it.  However, at £3 per calendar it was, once again, a success.


Joining the Young Enterprise was a very good experience.  It gave each and every one of us a taster as to how difficult it is to physically set up and run a business from scratch.  But alongside the hard work we had a lot of fun attending the different events and doing the things that we students wanted to do.  We quickly adjusted to working, not individually, but as part of a team and relied upon each other for help and advice.  The best part of running a business is knowing that, in the end, you will be successful if you are determined.


All of us enjoyed the trip to Milton Keynes.  We got a lot of ideas from other companies’ products and enjoyed the atmosphere and the independents.  Another aspect that we all enjoyed was taking pictures of our friends and producing the calendar which looked professional.


There are a lot of positive points to joining the Young Enterprise Scheme and we would all recommend it to anyone who wants the experience and is determined to set up and run their own business.


Lucinda Gill



Key stages


In developing a curriculum for St Thomas More Catholic School reference has been made to National and local directives and documents issued by the Catholic Education Service, the Bishops’ Conference and the Diocese of Northampton. The curriculum is based on and reaffirms the aims and values expressed in the school Mission Statement.

The curriculum is central to the process of education. It is the process by which the aims of the school are translated into the full network of learning experiences through which pupils are enabled to develop. We believe that the curriculum should be designed to offer high quality learning experiences to enable pupils to access a broad range of intellectual, personal, social, emotional and physical activities, to address the legal requirements of the National Curriculum in our Catholic school. Many of these experiences are structured and planned but some are of a less structured nature. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all our young people, so they are motivated to make the commitment to lifelong learning

Curriculum Organisation

The school operates a 50 period fortnightly timetable

Religious Education

Religious Education is implicit in every aspect of our school curriculum to reflect the ethos of the school; all pupils achieve academic qualifications in this area. The pupils in our school study Religious Education from Year 9 to Year 13.

In Year 9 the contact time for Religious Education accounts for 8% of the contact time and the pupils follow the Diocesan approved ICONS course.

In Year 10 and 11 Religious Education accounts for 10% of contact time with the vast majority of pupils achieving GCSE in this subject. A small minority of pupils who do not achieve GCSE are awarded a Christian Theology qualification.

At Sixth Form level all pupils study for the Bishop’s Certificate which accounts for 4% of their contact time 

Year 9: Intake year and final year of Key Stage 3

All of the core and foundation subjects which form the National Curriculum are taught in Year 9. The broad balanced curriculum promotes equal opportunities for all students and there is provision for support for those students who have special educational needs.  Curriculum continuity is well established with feeder middle schools and transfer of information provides a smooth transition for pupils starting courses in Year 9.

The pupils are grouped into teaching groups based on CATs data together with Key Stage 2 results, QCA Year 8 test results and information received from middle schools. They are taught in sets for RE PE, Maths, Science, ICT, French, Italian, History and Geography and in mixed sets in English, Technology and Music/Drama. A small number of pupils with specific learning needs have additional access to literacy and numeracy classes.

Personal Social Health Education and Citizenship are taught in specific Tutor sessions and as aspects of core subjects.

Curriculum Outline
RE                             4hrs     Modern Language             4hrs 
English                      6hrs     Art                                    3hrs
Mathematics             6hrs     Music/Expressive Arts     2hrs
Science                     6hrs     PE/Games                         4hrs
Geography                4hrs     Design Technology            4hrs
History                     4hrs     Information Technology   2hrs
PSE  1hr

Year 10/11: GCSE/VGCSE

A new curriculum structure has been introduced for implementation from September 2004 in line with National Curriculum changes at Key Stage 4 to envelop it into the 14-19 curriculum frame work. This has enabled us to start the process of increased flexibility for our pupils to meet the needs of individuals. The year group is split into three groups M, S and T based on CATs base line data, actual performance at Key stage 3 and guidance from the Year Manager and Key Stage 3 Liaison Manager.

All Year 10 pupils will study the following subjects as their core curriculum to GCSE level:

Religious Education, English, Maths, Science (Single Award) and Information and Communications Technology (half GCSE)
Non examination subjects include Personal Social Health Education and Citizenship, Physical Education, Careers Education and work related learning.

There is considerable flexibility in the remaining 20% of the curriculum where students have the entitlement to choose 4 additional GCSE and VGCSE subjects from:
Science (double award), Technology Food, Graphics, Resistant Materials, Textiles, Italian, French, History, Geography, Music, Drama, Art, PE, Business Economics, Business, Health and Social Care, Leisure and Tourism, Art and Design.

An additional group of pupils are offered the opportunity to study Level 1 Vocational qualification as part of the Increased Flexibility Programme and attend Bedford College for 2 hrs per week. These students are guided in their choice in consultation with pupils, parents and Year Managers and undergo Careers advice, taster sessions and college interviews; this is supported in school by basic skills programmes.

Sixth Form

The Sixth Form curriculum is designed to accommodate a wide variety of students’ needs. The aim is that all students should select a course of study that will enable them to progress. Access to the appropriate Sixth From courses is based on points accrued from GCSE grades and on individual departmental entry criteria. The curriculum is designed to develop pupils abilities to the full.

Students may embark on AS courses either in traditional subjects or AVCEs in Vocational subjects, or a combination of both, in up to four subjects for one year. In exceptional circumstances, to facilitate our Gifted and Talented students some students may follow five AS and A2 courses. Students may continue with three or four subjects at A2 level for a second year.
Level 2 courses are also offered to accommodate pupil needs and to facilitate access to level three courses where appropriate.

In the Sixth Form students are encouraged to take greater responsibility for their own work and learning. They are encouraged to organise their own time in order to meet deadlines. An element of independent study time is built into every student’s timetable. During this time students are expected to work in the facilities provided by the school.

At Sixth Form level all pupils study for Bishop’s Certificate which accounts for 4% of their contact time. This course looks at a variety of Moral, Social and Ethical issues facing young adults today, on completion of the course a certificate is awarded for successful students.

Personal Social and Health Education Work from the main school programme is extended developing themes to include Higher Education applications and careers education. In essence, the focus of the programme is about the development of personal and social effectiveness.

Students are encouraged to become involved in a variety of ways in supporting both the school and wider community, undertaking Sports Leader’s qualification, supporting individual pupils or departments or Community Service.



St Thomas More is a forward looking school and offers you and your child the following:

  • A Christian education
  • Firm discipline
  • A challenging curriculum
  • A caring environment
  • Up to date technological facilities and equipment
  • Partnership between home, school and parish
  • A successful Sixth Form
  • Close links between Lower, Middle and Upper Schools
  • A wide range of activities and visits

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