The Redhill Academy Curriculum Overview 

Curriculum Intent

At Redhill our core value of raising student achievement is at the heart of everything we do.  We achieve this by:

  • Having high expectations of all staff and students
  • Valuing and celebrating academic achievement
  • Promoting outstanding teaching and learning
  • Widening students’ experiences through a vast range of extra – curricular activities.

Our intention is that every student will make outstanding progress across the curriculum and any barriers to learning will be quickly identified and removed.

All students will leave Redhill with the knowledge, skills and qualifications they require to be successful in life.

Our Curriculum Offer

During their five years at the Academy students will experience a broad and balanced curriculum, which exposes them to the best of what has been said, thought, done and created.  As a former Performing Arts College, we place a strong emphasis on art, dance, drama and music, with a large number of students going on to study these subjects at GCSE and beyond.  We are also proud of our extra – curricular offer and, via the Pledge System, actively encourage students to seize all enrichment opportunities, such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award and our global trips and visits programme.    Our curriculum enables all students to challenge themselves and realise their true potential.

The Pledge System activity promotes student engagement with the wider aspects of school life, whether that be the vast array of extra-curricular activities, inter – house events, trips at home and abroad, collaborative learning and volunteering.

Our five-year curriculum plan is referred to as a ‘learning journey’.  Within this learning journey, all lessons (and sequences of lessons) have been carefully planned and build towards clearly defined end points or ‘Big Ideas’.  During their time at the Academy students will see the same or similar ‘Big Ideas’ reappear, but with each encounter increasing in complexity and challenge.  We have also worked hard to ensure clear and logical links between subjects are embedded.

A key reason our students have been successful at GCSE and A Level over the last decade has been our relentless focus on teaching and learning, and more recently our work on extended writing, literacy and memory and recall.

The First Two Years

During the first two years of their learning journey, all students are taught a broad and balanced curriculum which consists of the following lessons each week:

SubjectCurriculum Time
Computer Science1
SubjectCurriculum Time
Design and Technology2
SubjectCurriculum Time
Modern Foreign Languages - French and German2
Personal, Social, Health and Economic EducationTutorial sessions
Physical Education2
Religious Studies1

All lessons are one hour in length and there are 25 lessons per week.

The Faculty Leader in each area will ensure that the full National Curriculum has been covered.

The Deputy Headteacher for curriculum will annually review the range of subjects offered, to ensure they remain appropriate.

The development of literacy is at the forefront of our curriculum, with considerable emphasis placed on DEAR Time (Drop Everything And Read), oracy and extended writing.  We also offer a tailored package of support for those students who did not make the expected literacy standards at primary school.

During Year 8 students are required to pick their Pathways subjects.  This process requires them to meet with a senior leader in order to review their prior attainment and to discuss career aspirations.  A follow up meeting with our Careers Advisor is also arranged for students who require additional support.  We offer three ‘guided’ Pathways, all of which make it possible to study the EBacc suite of courses.  Throughout the Year 8 Pathways process all students are encouraged to make ambitious and logical choices.

The Pathways Year

By the middle of Year 8 the overwhelming majority of students have a clear idea of the subjects they would like to study in the future.  This has been reflected overwhelmingly in our key stakeholder surveys.

The pathway or transition year allows students to build on the knowledge and skills acquired in Year 7 and 8, but also prepares them effectively for the challenges which lie ahead in Years 10 and 11.  We consider the Year 8 Pathways programme to be in the best interests of our students and crucial in improving their life chances.

During the Pathways year students will study the following curriculum:

SubjectCurriculum Time
SubjectCurriculum Time
Personal, Social, Health and Economic EducationTutorial sessions
Physical Education2
Religious Studies1
SubjectCurriculum Time
4 x Pathways subjects10

In 2020/21 students were required to select 4 of the following Pathways choices:


Business Studies

Computer Science

Creative I Media


Design and Technology


Food Technology




Health and Social Care



Philosophy Religion and Ethics

Physical Education / Sports Studies

Triple Science


It is important to point out that these courses are not externally examined.  They allow students to gain a mastery of the skills required to successfully complete a GCSE course.

The Examination Years

We offer a wide range of academic qualifications, supported by a small set of vocational options, such as Health and Social Care and Creative I Media.  These courses are designed to stretch and challenge our students and provide them with the capital they need to succeed in a competitive labour market.

Subject Year 10 Year 11
English 4 4
Maths 4 3
Science 5 5
Pathway 1 2.5 3
Pathway 2 2.5 3
Pathway 3 2.5 3
Pathway 4 2.5 3
Physical Education 1 1
Religious Studies 1
PSHE Tutorial Tutorial

All students in Years 9 and 10 study an accredited short course RE qualification.

During years 10 and 11, the courses are carefully planned to ensure that content is frequently revisited.  This undoubtedly prepares our students well for the summer examinations.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

We are totally committed to improving the life chances and aspiration of our students.  We do this by ensure that all students, regardless of their starting point or background, have access to a wider curriculum which provides numerous opportunities in sport, performing arts, the world of work and volunteering.  Our extensive enrichment programme supports the development of students into well rounded and useful citizens.

Our PSHE programme places an emphasis on developing the whole child and is underpinned by the Redhill DRIVE values of – Democracy, Responsibility, Independence, Value and Equality.  These closely correlate with the Fundamental British Values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Tolerance and Respect.  During tutorial sessions and assemblies’ students learn how to keep themselves and others healthy, with topics such as first aid, mental health awareness and online safety featuring prominently.

All topics within the PSHE curriculum have been carefully chosen in order to encourage student awareness and understanding of the nine protected characteristics, as set out in The Equalities Act 2010.


All students receive a target grade which is based on their KS2 SATs and CAT data.

Regular, low stakes testing, ensures that gaps in student knowledge are quickly identified and addressed.

Parents receive reports twice a year.  These reports indicate the progress a student has made towards their target grade and an indication of their behaviour and attitude towards learning.