The School Curriculum

In an age where new technologies are developing exponentially and the average person is expected to have 5 different jobs within their working life we need to prepare students for jobs that haven’t even been created using technologies that have yet to be invented. Whilst we place great emphasis on the national curriculum we are also developing the way in which our young people work so that they develop confidence, independence, resilience and ambition. We are seeking to create a curriculum that not only promotes a wide breath of knowledge but also a diverse approach and skill set to facilitate independence and raise aspirations.

The curriculum at Redruth School is designed to develop students’ learning in a broad range of subjects and contexts, with clear progression between each key stage. The journey for students starts with a structured transition package from key stage 2 and opportunity to take part in Super Saturday taster days across a variety of subjects. Once in year 7 students are engaged in a curriculum designed to enhance their literacy and numeracy skills, develop independent learning skills and study a varied range of subjects. Redruth School believes that the most effective way to raise attainment is to create a culture in which every student strives to create their best work every day with as many opportunities to succeed as possible. To this end we offer a wide range of subjects within our 2 year key stage 3 to enable a broad base from which to opt in key stage 4.

The curriculum at Key Stage 4 caters for students of all abilities and provides a diverse subject offer as well as an aspirational target driven expectation for all students. The school prides itself in ensuring that students achieve the necessary qualification and skills to be successful post 16 and to producing high performing ambitious and motivated citizens for the future. All students take English Language, Literature and Mathematics and Combined Science and recognises its strength and specialism in sport with the majority of students studying successfully for a qualification in sport or PE.

Redruth School operates a two week timetable. Each day is divided into four 75 minute periods, giving a timetable cycle of 40 periods. Recent changes to the allocation of subjects at Key stage 3 reflect the increased emphasis on the core subjects and the importance of their impact on future success.

KS3 Curriculum 

 

Year 7

Year 8

English

7

7

Mathematics

7

7

Science

5

5

Physical Education

4

4

Languages

3

3

History

3

3

Geography

3

3

RS

1

1

Creative arts ( Art,   Music & Drama)

             3

3

PSHE

1

Computing

1

1

 RE

1

1

Design Technology

2

2

Key stage 3

In year 7 students are placed in sets for Maths, English, Science based on their attainment in key stage 2 assessments in the first instance.

Regular assessment and progress tracking enables us to adapt and modify these groups where it is apparent that students need to be moved. The year group is spilt into two populations and taught separately for their subjects to enable effective timetabling. 

Students are tracked against GCSE outcomes from the outset although we recognise that for many they will not be attaining a recognisable GCSE grade until well into the key stage. We have therefore identified, using progressive knowledge and skills a set of grades sitting below the GCSE criteria that shows a careful progression towards the GCSE outcomes. 

In year 8 students begin to identify the subject they would like to continue into key stage 4 and take part in the options process early in the Spring term. A comprehensive options process includes parents and students to help support the decision making process. 

Additional subjects are offered at key stage 4 and students are given information to help them to decide if the new courses would be suitable for them. Where appropriate, arrangements can be made for students to experience a sample lesson in an existing class.                                           

KS4 Curriculum 

 

 

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

English

7

7

7

Mathematics  

6

6

7

Computing

1

1

0

Science

8

8

8

Physical     Education

4

5

4

Religious     Studies

         1

        0.5

1

PSHE

1

0.5

1

Options (   x 3)

12

12

16

 

Key Stage 4 

In Year 9, 10 and 11, students continue to study the core subjects of Mathematics, English, Science and PE.  This culminates in GCSE or level 2 equivalent examinations at the end of Year 11.  Additionally,each student will study the three option subjects that they have chosen at the end of Year 8 as well as the compulsory subjects of PSHE, Religious Studies, and Computing. 

The core subjects are taught in sets depending upon ability based on prior attainment. 

In English, students will take both English Language and English Literature which will be 2 GCSEs. 

For Science, all students will take a minimum of a double award Combined Science course. For those that would like to top it up to a Triple award (single Sciences) this can now be topped up using one of the option choices to provide 12 periods a fortnight in total.   

The year group is spilt into two equal populations and each population is taught separately for Core subjects, although mixed for options.  

Redruth School, Tolgus Vean, Redruth, Cornwall  TR15 1TA 

Phone: (01209) 203700

Fax: (01209) 313604

Enquiries are handled by Mrs S Horam and Mrs L Maunder.