The Curriculum

At Rhyddings we offer a broad and balanced curriculum to all year groups. Traditional learning pathways across a range of subjects lead predominantly to a breadth of GCSE courses but with some vocational opportunity. Character education and development of the whole person is a key theme of our varied curriculum opportunity, alongside academic achievement and superb pastoral support within our House Continent system. The structure allows targeted and timely intervention to take place across many aspects of the school curriculum. All young people take part in ‘drop down’ days, which encompasses the development of moral, social and British values alongside skills for the future that include:

  • Teamwork
  • Organisation
  • Leadership
  • Presentation skills
  • Collaboration
  • Independence
  • Building self-confidence


Curriculum Intent – click here for our Curriculum Intent document (2019-2020)



In Years 7 ,8 & 9 pupils follow a common curriculum which includes English, maths, science, technology, computer science, history, geography, RE,  Spanish, PE, art, performing arts and music. Some pupils also benefit from additional literacy and numeracy support in year 7 and year 8 as part of a learning skills programme.

During Year 9, pupils choose their options with the support of their parents, form tutor, subject teachers and careers advisors as necessary.




All pupils follow a core curriculum of English, maths, science, RE and PE. The structure of the curriculum gives all pupils the opportunity to follow the English Baccalaureate curriculum route, which requires them to study a modern foreign language (currently Spanish) and history or geography to GCSE levels. Pupils are expected to choose either a language (French / Spanish) or a humanity subject (geography / history) but can take one of each. Pupils can also choose from a wide range of other subjects in school including design technology, computer science/ICT, hospitality and catering, art, music, media studies, GCSE PE, business studies and performing arts.  A small number of pupils benefit from a vocational placement in a business sector that they wish to pursue after leaving school. Careers programme includes careers interviews and the writing of personal statements and CVs supported by our local post 16 providers. KS4 pupils also have regular access, contact and presentations from a wide range of post 16 providers from all sectors.

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