RCS School Curriculum 2016-17

All pupils will study:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • Personal Development Curriculum (Personal, Social, Religious Education, Citizenship, Careers Information) 

We seek to provide a first class education based on high expectations for all within a secure and supportive environment through a rich, challenging and diverse curriculum designed to:

a. meet individual needs;

b. fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum;

c. develop skills such as literacy, numeracy and communication;

d. make pupils aware of choices and opportunities post 16;

e. promote exam success particularly at GCSE;

f. encourage learning as a long life activity;

g. promote physical and academic development, SMSC, 'Britishness', groups within society such as LGBT and an understanding of emotional health and well-being.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8)

The KS3 link below gives detail relating to how Key Stage 3 is delivered.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 & 11)

The KS4 curriculum has a clear rationale; the aims and values of the school curriculum are as follows:

  • Entitlement to a curriculum which achieves a minimum of 5+ A*-C or suitable new 9-1 GCSE qualifications including Maths / English / Science
  • Certificate of GCSEs in English, Maths, Science, Geography or History, and MFL (French or Spanish), or English Baccalaureate  
  • to establish an entitlement to a curriculum with a vocational element in it
  • to provide access to a wide range of subjects such as in English, science and mathematics, the arts, the humanities, foreign languages, design technologies and computing.
  • to establish standards for all pupils which are recognised as being of value outside of school. 
  • to promote continuity and coherence from KS3 and as part of the 14-19 curriculum
  • to promote public understanding in terms of citizenship and a clear understanding of pupils about what contribution they can make to society,
  • to promote understanding in terms of healthy living, economic awareness and enterprise, safety, and enjoyment of learning.

The curriculum gives an outline of teaching requirements on inclusion, use of language, use of ICT and health and safety. It includes a statutory statement on providing effective learning opportunities for all pupils:

  • setting suitable learning challenges
  • responding to diverse learning needs
  • overcoming potential barriers to learning and assessment for individuals and groups of pupils.

At Key Stage 4, the curriculum includes revised GCSE specifications and a wide range of applied and vocational qualifications, flexibility and scope for work-related learning and courses which develop transferable skills in ICT.  We also develop effective ways for pupils to take responsibility for the organisation of their learning.

The curriculum also provides an emphasis on the following:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Communication
  • Personal, social and health education
  • Citizenship education
  • Learning about work
  • Enterprise learning

Please don't hesitate in contacting the school and ask for the appropriate Year Manager for any further guidance or support regarding the curriculum for your child.