Rednock School Curriculum

Curriculum Intent

All staff at Rednock School are dedicated to delivering an inclusive, high quality curriculum which inspires and motivates every student to achieve excellence.  Our curriculum is designed to develop the personal qualities needed to be safe, happy and considerate of others.  We raise aspirations by providing our students with the skills, knowledge and qualifications needed to be successful members of the community who have a positive impact on those around them.

Rednock School is committed to:

  • providing every student, regardless of social background, with the opportunity to succeed
  • providing the core skills, knowledge and understanding that are required for the 21st century
  • providing opportunities for students to develop their reading, comprehension and vocabulary skills
  • developing a sense of social and moral responsibility by working together as a community with respect and tolerance
  • providing subject choices that support students’ learning and progression that enables students to succeed in life
  • building students’ cultural capital, resilience and independent learning skills so that they have choice and realise their ambitions through further or higher education, training and employment 
  • embedding fundamental British values. 


Our curriculum is underpinned by our core values:

Quality | Partnership | Success

Curriculum Implementation

Rednock’s curriculum has been planned so that it is logically sequenced to inspire a love of learning, to build on students’ prior knowledge and to develop a deeper understanding.  Our curriculum focuses on developing students’ literacy and numeracy skills and embedding core knowledge that will maximise cognitive development and long term memory.   

We have developed our curriculum to include 3 ‘Golden Threads’ which will support Rednock students in becoming highly self-motivated, ambitious and inquisitive learners:

1. Reading

Research* shows that developing students’ reading comprehension skills improves academic success.  At Rednock, we aim to provide students with opportunities to develop their fluency (speed and accuracy of decoding words) and comprehension (ability to understand what they are reading) skills and expose them to a diverse range of vocabulary.  This will enable students to successfully engage with the curriculum, gain a deeper understanding of the world around them and have the knowledge to ask questions to inform their learning.  In addition, reading prompts creative thinking, improves concentration levels and supports the development of social interactions.  

*Education Endowment Foundation, July 2021

2. Retrieval Practice – ‘Knowing More – Remembering More’

As part of an effective learning process, students need to take their existing knowledge and apply it to familiar or unfamiliar situations.  Therefore, the more information a student knows, the more they can understand and subsequently apply to a variety of scenarios. 

At Rednock School, we have focused on the use of retrieval practice techniques across all lessons which is the strategy of recalling facts, concepts, or events from memory in order to enhance learning. The act of retrieving something from your memory actually strengthens the connections holding it there, making it more likely that you’ll be able to recall it in the future.  


3. ‘I MATTER’ Character & Culture curriculum

Developing the whole student is a significant curriculum driver for Rednock School and is delivered via the ‘I MATTER’ provision, a new, innovative programme of personal development and character education that is unique to our school.  The acronym ‘I MATTER’ stands for a series of six values that were developed based on careful analysis of both the latest educational research and the needs of our students.  They provide a framework for our students to develop the positive character traits that we know will help them to be successful both in school and in the wider world.  The six values are: – Self-motivation, Self-awareness, Thoughtfulness, Tenacity and Exploration of the world around me.



Key Stage 3 Curriculum Overview

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Our Key Stage 3 curriculum (Years 7 to 9), is designed to offer students a broad and balanced experience covering a wide range of subject areas.  All students will study the following:

  • Accelerated Reader
  • Art
  • Design Technology
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Computing
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Language*
  • Music
  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Skills Based Curriculum (Year 7 only)

* In Year 7, students will study 3 languages (French, German and Spanish) as part of a carousel.  At the end of Year 7, students choose one language to study in Years 8 and 9.


Key Stage 4 Curriculum Overview

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Our Key Stage 4 curriculum (Years 10 and 11) offers a breadth of subjects open to all students.  As part of the Year 9 options process, students are advised which subjects best suit their skills and support their desired progression pathway.  We offer a range of GCSE and vocational qualifications providing different approaches to assessment.  All qualifications are highly regarded by employers, universities and the government.  

All students study the Key Stage 4 Core Curriculum which consists of English, Maths, Science, PE, Lifeskills and Ethics and Computing (Year 10 only).  In addition, students choose a maximum of 4 option subjects from the following:

  • Art and Design
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Media
  • Design Technology
  • French
  • Geography 
  • German
  • Health and Social Care
  • History
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • ICT
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Spanish
  • Sports Studies
  • Triple Science

* All students study English Language and English Literature as a part of their core English curriculum

A selected group of students will study qualifications in Level 1 English Functional Skills and Entry Level Certificates in Science and Maths. These qualifications provide appropriate academic challenge and the opportunity for students to experience success as they build up towards sitting the core GCSE qualifications.  

A small number of students will study 3 option subjects and complete an alternative qualification.  These students study the ASDAN Personal Development Programme – Bronze level.  This programme helps develop  students’ teamwork and communication skills to support their transition into the world of work. 

We also work with a number of external providers to provide a bespoke curriculum as required e.g. Prospects Training Services, Bridge Training.


Key Stage 5 Curriculum Overview

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Our Key Stage 5 curriculum offers two different routes:

Level 2 to Level 3 transition pathway

This one year pathway is suitable for students preparing for a Level 2/3 apprenticeship or starting a selection of level 3 courses.  This programme is bespoke to individual student needs.  The curriculum offer will consist of a suite of qualifications, skill development activities and small group mentoring.

The qualifications that students are likely to study on this pathway include:

  • GCSE Maths
  • GCSE English Language
  • Level 2 Workskills 
  • Level 2 Finance 
  • Level 2 Employability and Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Level 2 Home Cooking
  • Selected Level 3 qualifications depending on students’ starting points

Level 3 pathway

This two year pathway is suitable for students who are seeking to progress onto a higher level apprenticeship, higher education or employment.  Most students will study three Level 3 qualifications from the following subjects:

  • Applied Science
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Child’s Play Learning and Development
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Media
  • Criminology
  • Design Technology
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • Fine Art
  • French
  • Further Mathematics
  • Geography
  • German
  • Health and Social Care
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Media
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Physical Education
  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish


Personal Development Curriculum

Preparing our students for life after school and developing an awareness of their role within society are key drivers in our personal development curriculum.  The following areas are covered throughout a students’ time at Rednock:

  • Character Curriculum –  ‘I MATTER’
  • Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)
  • Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
  • ESafety
  • Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education
  • Citizenship

Each element is delivered at an appropriate time ensuring that it aligns with students’ needs and emerging topics / themes identified from the Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning (GHLL) survey.  All Rednock staff are responsible for supporting the personal development curriculum through teaching and daily interactions with students. Tutor time, Life Skills and Ethics lessons and enrichment days will be dedicated to teaching and discussing key content.


Wider Curriculum

At Rednock School we offer a number of learning opportunities beyond the classroom.  Our aim is to expand this offer and ensure that all students take an active part in the enrichment and extracurricular activities available during their time with us.

  • Competitions
  • Music tuition in clubs
  • Residential trips
  • School productions
  • Sports teams and fixtures
  • STEM activities and events
  • Subject-specific clubs
  • Student Leadership Opportunities
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Theatre visits
  • Poetry workshops
  • Community Walk 
  • Visits to Universities
  • Enrichment days


Curriculum Impact

Student and parental feedback and national data will reflect the impact of Rednock’s curriculum provision:

    • Students have high aspirations and know what they need to do to achieve their desired progression route and achieve success
    • Students state that Rednock’s curriculum offer has been tailored to meet their needs and enabled them to make excellent progress
    • Students appreciate the role of literacy in the realisation of their ambitions and many will have a passion for reading
    • Student behaviours will show that they are engaged in learning and take responsibility for their learning
    • Students leave Rednock as confident lifelong learners
    • Students are well rounded citizens who make a positive contribution to society.