Curriculum

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“Our son is happy at school and for a teenager that is brilliant. He is still interested in his school subjects and motivated to learn which is down to the standard of teaching in the school and the motivation provided by the school.”

– Parent Kirkland, Rowell Survey March 2015

Rednock School Curriculum 2018 | 2019

The aims of our curriculum:

We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that promotes and sustains a thirst for knowledge, a love of learning and an inquisitive mind.  A portfolio of skills and competences are developed through a rich and relevant curriculum that equips learners for the challenges ahead.  The breadth of choice is supported by a strong, impartial supporting framework of information, advice and guidance.  The curriculum provision provides opportunities for academic, technical and sporting excellence enabling learners to achieve their full potential, regardless of starting points.  It also contributes to learners’ physical well-being and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.  There is a focus on promoting British values across all key stages.  The Rednock School curriculum vision is to work in partnership with learners, carers and the wider community to facilitate choice, be inclusive and secure achievement for all.

Our curriculum aims will enable students to:

  • achieve their full potential and be equipped to achieve their aspirations;
  • develop the skills and attitudes necessary to become positive members of society;
  • enjoy learning and develop lively and enquiring minds so that they can discuss issues and make informed decisions;
  • be confident in their own abilities and respect the achievements and aspirations of others;
  • become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society, upholding the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law and individual liberty.
Key Stage 3:

Students in Years 7 to 9 (KS3) follow the 2014 Key Stage 3 National Curriculum.

Time allocation (in hours) for each subject in Key Stage 3 is as follows:

Subject Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
English     6     6     7
Mathematics     6     6     7
Science     5     6     6
French     4     3     3
Geography     2     3     3
History     2     3     3
Philosophy & Applied Ethics     2     2     2
Technology     4     4     4
Physical Education     4     4     4
Art     2     2     2
Music     2     2     2
Drama     1     2     1
Computing     2     2     2
Life Skills     1     1     1
Skills Based Curriculum     7     0     0
2nd Language – German | Spanish     0     4     3
Total Hours     50     50     50

For Modern Foreign Languages, in Years 8 and 9, students in sets 1 and 2 will study two languages while students in sets 3 and 4 will study French for 5 periods per fortnight and follow a Literacy programme via an extended English curriculum (2 periods per fortnight).

Key Stage 4:

Most students will study towards a minimum of 9 qualifications following the KS4 curriculum pathway in school.

Regardless of the curriculum pathway followed, all KS4 students will study a Core Curriculum and have the opportunity to select between 2 to 4 option subjects:

Core Curriculum

English Language (One GCSE)

English Literature (One GCSE)

Maths (One GCSE)

Combined Science (Two GCSE’s)

ICT, Life Skills & Ethics, Physical Education – Non-examined subjects

The grading of the GCSE qualifications has changed to a 9 to 1 scale, click here for more details.

Time allocation (in hours per fortnight) for each subject in Key Stage 4:
Subject Year 10 Year 11
English     8     8
Mathematics     7     8
Science     9     9
Physical Education     3     3
Digital Literacy     1     0
Life Skills and Ethics     2     2
Pool A     5     5
Pool B     5     5
Pool C     5     5
Pool D     5     5
Total Hours     50     50
Key Stage 5:

In Years 12 and 13 students are likely to follow one of the Curriculum Pathways listed below:

Science & Engineering Pathway:

Compulsory Component of Pathway: Enrichment – Work Related Learning; Community Participation; Personal Development – Skills Challenge; Extended Project Qualification (EPQ); Level 3 Maths Qualification (Core or A Level); Level 3 BTEC Applied Science

Optional Component of Pathway: A Levels (1 or 2); Level 3 BTEC Courses; Work Experience Placements.

Progression Route: Apprenticeship | HND | Degree

Academic Pathway:

Compulsory Component of Pathway: Enrichment – Work Related Learning; Community Participation; Personal Development – Skills Challenge; Extended Project Qualification (Year 12); 3 x A Levels.

Progression Route: Apprenticeship | HND | Degree

Level 2 | 3 Pathway:

Compulsory Component of Pathway: Enrichment – Work Related Learning; Community Participation; Personal Development – Skills Challenge

Option Component of Pathway: Extended Project Qualification (Year 12); Level 3 BTEC Courses (1, 2 or 3); Maths and English GCSE as required; Level 3 Certificate Courses; A Levels (1, 2 or 3); Work Experience Placements

Progression Route: Apprenticeship | HND | Degree

Qualifications Available:

A Level:

Art and Design; Biology; Business Studies; Chemistry; Computer Science; Economics; English Literature and Language; Further Maths; Geography; History; Maths; Media; Photography; Physical Education; Physics; Product Design; Psychology; Sociology

Level 3 BTECs:

Applied Sciences; Drama and Theatre Studies; Health and Social; Music, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship; Tourism

GCSE:

English Language; Maths

Level 3 Certificates:

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ); Level 3 Certificate Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) – 1 year