Grammar School Curriculum

We aim to provide a broad, well-planned and balanced curriculum which is accessible to every student. This will be achieved by providing a wide range of interesting and challenging activities and experiences. The majority of these will be organised within the school although there will be many occasions where activities will be organised within the local community or further afield to enhance the subjects taught in school.

Grammar school students are able to benefit from our international links and develop their awareness of the global curriculum. We have had visitors from Spain and Colombia to date who are keen to experience the British way of life through total immersion in a school environment. They have shared lessons with our students who are able to appreciate the value of learning another language

An exciting opportunity is our recently established curriculum days based around a particular skill or subject in order to develop skills and knowledge through intensive learning days. Recent successes have been a local history project, a modern foreign languages project and science linked to the Olympics. These days are designed to encourage our students to develop independent learning skills (valued by employers and universities alike) and in addition to the curriculum focus, encourage time management, the meeting of deadlines and teamwork.

In Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9), all students study English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, History, Geography, Religious Studies, PSHCEE, Art, French, PE and Games.

In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11) all students study the core curriculum of English, Mathematics and Science at GCSE. More able students will also study English Literature. History, Geography, Art, French, Statistics, ICT and Business Studies are available as option choices at GCSE level. Religious Studies, PSHCEE, Drama, PE and Games are a key part of the curriculum but only Religious Studies is an examination subject and a GCSE short course is followed. Students are able to take up to 11 examination courses. Examination entries and levels are discussed with parents and students in order that students are able to maximise the opportunities available to them. We encourage all students to maintain a broad choice of subjects at this stage so that future Advanced level choices or employment opportunities are not restricted.

Subjects available at GCSE and IGCSE at Rastrick Independent are shown in the subject matrix. Advanced Level (AS and A2 Level) information may be found in the sixth form and tutorial college section of the website.

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