Curriculum Intent and Rationale
The school’s vision is modelled in our curriculum, where we believe in skills, knowledge and opportunities. We believe that our students deserve a curriculum that does not narrow the life chances but enables social equity and mobility. For our students to compete in a global economy, we offer a wide range of subjects and offer guidance and support for the choices they make.
At Ridgeway Academy we deliver a curriculum that is explicitly ambitious for all students. It is the pursuit of every member of the community to ensure all students are provided with a high-quality educational experience across the school that develops them into prosperous young people that can contribute to society.
By coherently planning and sequencing each stage in the learning journey pupils benefit from a knowledge-rich curriculum that aims to develop all pupils regardless of their starting point or disposition.
In our core values, we hold dear the experiences outside the classroom and by offering unique experiences through our CIAG programme enrichment opportunities and extra-curricular programme we look to build every student’s cultural capital to ensure they are all ready for modern-day Britain.
Our curriculum is therefore carefully designed by our subject specialists within the school to challenge our students, to ensure learning is at the heart of our lessons and to enable our students to meet and exceed their minimum expected grades (MEGs) so all students have the opportunity for a better future.
The school endorses the curriculum aims of the government as outlined in the National Curriculum and alongside this, it is important to us that we focus on what our pupils need, giving them more meaningful learning experiences that help them to make informed choices and develop skills for learning and life.
Curriculum Moving Forward
As a small-sized secondary school we work hard to offer a broad and balanced curriculum model throughout Key Stage Four. We believe in offering subjects that allow a wide range of pathways and progression for our students in the future.
We currently provide our KS2 pupils with a more thematic curriculum, studying many subjects within ‘Discover’ and ‘Explore’ in Year 5 and Year 6. KS2 pupils do gain from having some lessons taught by teachers with particular specialisms. As pupils move into KS3 (Year 7 and Year 8) these specialisms become more important. Many subjects are taught discretely as pupils start to define their pathways to GCSEs.
During Year 9 Ridgeway pupils will select the options for the GCSEs that they wish to undertake. They are offered core subjects of:
They are also offered foundation subjects of:
- Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish, French and German)
- Physical Education
- Religious Education
- PSHE (Non-Examination)
- Design Technology
- Food and Nutrition
- Business Studies
- Plus additional subjects of:
- BTEC Animal Care
- ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence)
(These subjects are liable to change depending on pupil choice and government policy)
If you have any questions regarding our curriculum, please email:
Mr Ball (Deputy Headteacher): firstname.lastname@example.org
A curriculum which is stimulating and challenging is important to us at Ridgeway Academy. We feel strongly that if pupils are safe, happy and healthy, they will enjoy their learning then they will learn about the world around them and the role that they play in it.