Our Curriculum

Our curriculum aims to help all pupils gain academic success and achievements whilst helping them meet the demands of an ever changing society and the world of work. We recognise that many of the jobs that the children in school will do as adults don’t yet exist.

Our curriculum gives learners the opportunity to ensure that they develop robust and transferable skills that they can use in any situation as they move into adulthood.

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 out 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

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 GCSE’s.

GSCE Subjects

During Year 9 Ridgeway pupils will select the options for the GCSEs that they wish to undertake. They are offered core subjects of:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Computing

They are also offered foundation subjects of:

  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Geography
  • History
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Citizenship (Personal, Social & Health Education)
  • Art
  • Design Technology (Textiles, Food, Graphics, Product Design & Resistant Materials)
  • Business Studies
  • Music
  • Drama

Plus additional subjects of:

  • Further Maths
  • Environmental & Land Based Science
  • Sociology

(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 at mball@ridgeway.academy

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.