Our Senior School is housed in Gratwicke Road, just a short walk from the town centre and sea front. Many parts of the original building are listed and we have our own beautiful Chapel including stained glass windows. The Chapel is at the heart of our School and, not only serves as a place for worship but also for daily calm and reflection. The School is at the heart of a thriving local community and we not only engage actively in outreach activities in and around Worthing but also nationally.
We are Gold members of the Sussex Chamber of Commerce, working in partnership with local companies and employers to enrich our students’ understanding of their community and career opportunities. Sion is an Ambassador school for the Royal Society, ensuring STEM education is not only delivered passionately but offering numerous opportunities to students that are exciting and cutting edge.
With this wealth of networking possibilities we are able to tailor enrichment opportunities to individual interests and needs.
Our Lady of Sion School encourages students to thrive and achieve in every aspect of their lives.
At Our Lady of Sion School we encourage students to achieve in every aspect of their lives.
Although we are selective, our students come from a wide range of different backgrounds. Academic work is, of course, a core value, but equipping students with the skills required to foster and enable independent study and a thirst for lifelong learning are paramount.
Our curriculum is broad. The Learning Support Department works closely with all the academic departments to aid students to achieve their full potential, both SEND and the More Able. We offer numerous opportunities to extend and develop a student’s interests beyond the curriculum.
The School reports and tracks all students’ academic achievements and attitudes to learning. Grade sheets are issued half termly and full reports at the end of each term as appropriate. Each individual student’s needs and development are considered, with regular discussion and agreed appropriate solutions
Higher Order Thinking Skills
Within the classroom, our students are encouraged to use Higher Order Thinking Skills where they will be offered multiple opportunities to practise problem solving skills, think creatively, infer, actively question, make connections, design, analyse, frame their thoughts and communicate them to others. This is vital to ensure they can approach new problems and projects with a logical and questioning approach; that they know how to research and to question sources, make judgements and decisions independently, and to debate and think about issues critically and find solutions.
These are not just exam skills, these are life skills. Students who can apply, analyse, synthesise and evaluate effectively will always succeed. They will be our future leaders, engineers, designers, doctors, nurses, care providers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, teachers, managers and directors.
We have adapted Bloom’s Taxonomy to demonstrate this to our students.
Key Stage 3 – Years 7-9 inclusive
Students at KS3 are laying firm foundations for their GCSE subjects. They study the Core options of English, Mathematics and the three Sciences. All students will be taught three languages in Year 7, to enable them to choose two to pursue in Years 8-9. They will also study Physical Education, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Design Technology, Information Technology, Food and Nutrition, Art, Drama, Music and PSHEE. In Year 9, students will select options to carry forward into Year 10 and Key Stage 4. The options will be carefully selected after potential careers’ requirements have been fully discussed.
Key Stage 4 – Years 10-11 inclusive
The GCSE curriculum helps prepare pupils for the greater challenges of studying A-levels in the Sixth Form. Most pupils do nine GCSEs and all pupils do the core subjects of English literature and English language, Maths and Science. In addition pupils choose four further optional subjects from a wide range of humanities, languages, creative, practical and expressive subjects. There are no column blocks to restrict pupil choice and we seek, as far as possible, to provide each child with a unique timetable that suits their particular strengths.
Key Stage 5 – Years 12-13 inclusive
In the Sixth Form, students select three or four A levels to study over two years. The A Level ensures pupils develop a mastery of several complementary, or contrasting, subject areas, whilst allowing them also to pursue options in areas of strong personal interest. Its combination of rigour and specialism makes it an ideal preparation both for university and working life. Students may also consider taking Extended Projects in a self-directed area of personal interest.
Exam results at Our Lady of Sion are always strong, but class and year group sizes are much smaller than in most schools. This makes them difficult to compare statistically both nationally and locally.
GCSE Key Stage 4 Results
|YEAR||% GRADE A*- A||% GRADE A* – C|
GCE / A Level Key Stage 5 Results
|Achievements At GCE||2015||2016||2017|
|% A- A*||36 %||35 %||44|
|% A*- C||93 %||92 %||93|