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:
These courses are not externally examined. Instead, they allow students to gain a mastery of the skills required to succeed whilst completing 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 Media. These courses stretch and challenge our students and provide them with the capital they need to succeed in a competitive labour market.
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 we frequently revisit content which undoubtedly prepares our students well for the summer examinations.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education
We are entirely committed to improving the life chances and aspirations of our students. We do this by ensuring that all students, regardless of their starting point or background, have access to a broader curriculum that provides numerous opportunities in sport, performing arts, the world of work and volunteering. In addition, our extensive enrichment programme supports the development of students into well rounded and valuable citizens.
Our PSHE programme emphasises developing the whole child, and the Redhill DRIVE values – Democracy, Responsibility, Independence, Value and Equality underpin this. These closely correlate with the Fundamental British Values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Tolerance and Respect. Students learn how to keep themselves and others healthy during tutorial sessions and assemblies, with topics such as first aid, mental health awareness, and online safety featuring prominently.
We carefully select all topics within the PSHE curriculum to encourage student awareness and understanding of the nine protected characteristics set out in The Equalities Act 2010.
All students receive a target grade based on their KS2 SATs and CAT data. In addition, regular, low stakes testing ensures we can quickly identify and address any gaps in student knowledge.
Parents receive reports twice a year. These reports indicate student progress towards their target grade and indicate their behaviour and attitude towards learning.