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Ridgewood

School

Curriculum overview

Our academic curriculum aims to offer students of all abilities and talents an opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills across a wide variety of subjects. We are committed to providing a curriculum which is challenging yet accessible, and which fosters a love of learning, as well as enabling students to achieve success in exams and assessments. Students follow a two-week timetable in order to maximise learning time. We regularly review our curriculum, to ensure that the needs of all our students are being met, and the details below offer a brief outline of the current pattern of subjects at KS3, 4 and 5. You can find out more about each subject by selecting it from the menu.

In order to find out more about any aspect of our curriculum, simply complete our ‘Contact Us’ form and we will be happy to help you. You can also click on the name of a subject in the menu on the left to find out more about what students are learning.

Year 7 

All students study English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Drama, RE, Technology, a modern foreign language, Art and Design, IT, Music and PE. PSHCE is taught through our unique ‘Character Curriculum’.

Year 8 

As for Y7. All students study English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Drama, RE, Technology, a modern foreign language, Art and Design, IT, Music and PE. PSHCE is taught through our unique ‘Character Curriculum’.

Year 9 

As for Y8. Students also get the opportunity to learn more about the new subjects available to them at GCSE and will receive guidance over those most suitable to them.

Year 10 

All students study English Language and English Literature (2 separate GCSEs), Mathematics and Science. They then complete their remaining subject allocations from a range of other courses, some of which may include the traditional subjects they have studied throughout KS3, and some of which may be new. No public examinations are taken at the end of Y10 but students will cover course content to prepare them for both exams and coursework.

Year 11 

Students continue with the subjects they started studying in Y10, taking examinations and submitting any coursework or controlled assessments at the end of the summer term.

Post-16 

For admission to the A Level programmes of study, students are expected to have a grade B or higher in the subjects they wish to study and at least 6 GCSEs including English Language and Mathematics with grades A*-C. If students have the grades to take specific subjects, but have a grade D in English or Mathematics or both, resit classes will be available. For students successful in gaining a place in our Post-16 community, a wide range of courses are available including A levels in Art and Design, English Literature, Government & Politics, Physics, Product Design and many more. Please see our Post-16 prospectus for more information.

In order to find out more about any aspect of our curriculum, simply complete our ‘Contact Us’ form and we will be happy to help you. You can also click on the name of a subject in the menu on the left to find out more about what students are learning.