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Intent of Curriculum.

In Psychology, our intent is for the curriculum to allow students to understand how the individual is influenced by a range of factors including genetics, the environment, our cognitive processes and inner desires.


The Purpose of the Curriculum.

Learning Psychology encourages students to become curious about the range of factors which influence our behaviours e.g. the structure of the brain, parenting or past traumatic experiences. Students will understand how a range of mental disorders are created e.g. phobias and Schizophrenia, the effect these have on the individual and appropriate treatments for them. They will explore the reasons why individuals become complicit in horrific incidents in the 20th century such as the Holocaust; how such evil can be committed and to reflect on whether these causes are biological or whether social pressures compel people to do such things. Ultimately, it is hoped that students will be able to evaluate a range of social-biological-cognitive explanations for all types of behaviour and to draw conclusions about behaviours based on a forensic evaluation of research in order to conclude which approaches they view as being the most useful. Students will therefore be able to analyse the world and individuals around them in new ways, incorporating a myriad of approaches and asking questions about the nature of human agency.


Themes which underpin the teaching of Psychology
Psychological explanations Ways investigating behaviour Biological explanations Cognitive explanations
The role of conditioning Qualitative & Quantitative data The role of genetics Cognitive neuroscience
Influence of peers Methods used by Psychologists Neural structures Schema
How behaviour is learnt and imitated Influence of studies on the economy Hormones Disorders
The role of the family in shaping behaviour Influence on science Trauma Therapies


Our Philosophy

The study of Psychology should introduce students to the science of studying individuals in order to broaden their understanding of human behaviours and the reasons for them. Students will become critical thinkers, engaged with academic literature which develops their cultural and academic capital in order to participate fully in society. Promoting academic success is crucial to the study of Psychology to broaden student horizons and opportunities in their future careers.

Our Values

Faith in the presence of God

Concern for the poor and social justice

Quality education

Respect for all persons

Inclusive community

an awareness of the living presence of God in our world, and a calling to see the world through the eyes of faith

a calling to support the poor and victims of injustice, through community service and justice education

to provide an education that is second to none, so that our students will not just contribute to society, but will transform it

that we are all children of God and, as such, at the heart of our education we must respect the dignity of all persons

we respect and value diversity, which means that nobody is left out or left behind, and that we embrace the unique stories and qualities that each of us bring to the world.


Trust Information

St Simon Stock Catholic School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Simon Stock Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.