Curriculum Overview

Our Core Principles - High Expectations, Academic Achievement, Outstanding Teaching and Widening Student Experiences

Our Curriculum Offer

Students will experience a broad and balanced curriculum during their five years at Redhill Academy, which exposes them to the finest examples of humanities speakers, thinkers, and creators, showcasing outstanding accomplishments from across the globe. As a former Performing Arts College, we emphasise art, dance, drama, and music, with many students studying these subjects at GCSE and beyond.

We are also proud of our extra-curricular offer. We actively encourage students to seize all enrichment opportunities, such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award and our international trips and visits programme via the Pledge System. As a result, our curriculum enables all students to challenge themselves and realise their true potential.

Our Pledge System activity promotes student engagement within the broader aspects of school life, whether the vast array of extra-curricular activities, inter-house events, trips at home and abroad or collaborative learning and volunteering.

We refer to our five-year curriculum plan as a ‘Learning Journey‘. All lessons (and sequences of lessons) have been carefully planned and built towards clearly defined endpoints or ‘Big Ideas’ within this learning journey. Students will see the same or similar ‘Big Ideas’ reappear during their time at the Academy, but with each encounter increasing 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. More recently, our work on extended writing, literacy, memory, and recall has aided the continued success of our students.

The First Two Years

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

SubjectCurriculum Time
English4
Mathematics3
Science3
Art1
Computer Science1
Dance1
Design and Technology2
Drama1
Geography1.5
History1.5
Modern Foreign Languages - French and German2
Music1
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
English4
Mathematics4
Science4
Personal, Social, Health and Economic EducationTutorial sessions
Physical Education2
Religious Studies1
4 x Pathways subjects10
  • Art
  • Business Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Creative I Media
  • Dance
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • Food Technology
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Health and Social Care
  • History
  • Music
  • Philosophy Religion and Ethics
  • Physical Education / Sports Studies
  • Triple Science
  • ASDAN

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.

SubjectYear 10Year 11
English44
Maths43
Science55
Pathway 12.53
Pathway 22.53
Pathway 32.53
Pathway 42.53
Physical Education11
Religious Studies1
PSHETutorialTutorial

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.

Assessment

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.