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.

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.

Our programme for education is a knowledge-based curriculum, empowering students to develop an understanding and appreciation of the subjects they study. 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.

Our curriculum aims are to develop strong academic outcomes through:

  1. A skills and knowledge based curriculum to build on the knowledge they learn independently
  2. Subjects offering extra-curricular opportunities for students to develop cultural capital and appreciation of subjects beyond examination content
  3. Students having guidance and support to develop an understanding of what it takes to be a productive and valued member of our society

Moreover, we firmly believe that to fully enhance the life chances of our students, our curriculum must actively promote the acquisition of a broad/academic vocabulary and depth of understanding. Put simply, we believe that knowing more words makes you smarter, and our curriculum is very intent on ensuring this becomes a reality for all of our students. Reading is key for all subject areas.


In order to deliver the aims of our curriculum we ensure all students in Key Stage Three study the national Curriculum. We pay careful attention to the sequence of when knowledge is taught and subject leaders work actively to review this aspect very regularly so that our students are well placed to access GCSE exams and content.

Some examples of how this is completed are:

  • Starting every lesson with a memory recall quiz
  • Using planned and targeted questioning in lessons
  • Adapting and scaffolding content so that it is accessible to every student
  • Every topic studied has an overarching challenge question that student’s work towards answering over time building their learning confidence and resilience
  • Nurturing our students so they understand they are ready to learn and education improves their life chances
  • A focus on language development and oracy

We believe it is our responsibility to develop strong literacy and numeracy skills for all of our students given their context. To support this a selection of students are not required to study an additional language and receive additional targeted support to close the gap between them and their peers. We believe that the curriculum should be flexible to allow for personalised choices.

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. These subjects include:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Combined Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • History
  • Geography
  • Spanish
  • German
  • French
  • Media
  • Art and Design
  • DT
  • Business Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Music
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Sociology
  • PSHE (inc. Financial Education)