‘The curriculum is a real strength and contributes significantly to the high levels of achievement seen.’
(Ofsted July 2012)
‘A curriculum with overall breadth and balance provides students with their full entitlement and is customised to meet the changing needs of individuals and groups. There are highly tailored programmes for a wide range of students with different needs’.
Rooks Heath has a highly imaginative and innovative approach to curriculum development, which has been largely responsible for the significant rise in attainment. The School’s curriculum is highly responsive to the individual needs of learners, reflecting their varied and complex range of circumstances. The curriculum also supports the integration of mid-term entrants into the School. For example, in Year 9 Foundation Learning and Bridging courses, in a variety of curriculum areas, have been introduced. This has resulted in a profound impact on transforming attitudes to learning and behaviour in this year group. The ‘stage not age’ approach to curriculum development has provided students with significant curriculum breadth, depth and enhanced the pace of learning.
The mix of courses, including foundation learning, bridging courses, booster learning and induction courses, prepare students well to commence their examination courses which include both academic and vocational options.
Years 7 and 8
By the time students reach the end of their second year at Rooks Heath School they will have experienced a very broad curriculum. This gives them a good grounding in the core subjects English, Mathematics and Science, as well as the Arts, Classics, Design Technology, Humanities, Computing, Languages, PE and PSHE. This curriculum aims to provide a range of skills and competencies, as well as a substantial body of knowledge covering a wide subject range.
Year 9 Bridging Courses
Students in Year 9 follow courses in the core subjects which build on skills and competencies gained in years 7 and 8. Additionally students choose a range of courses that link to the GCSE and BTEC courses that they will follow in years 10 and 11.
Years 10 and 11
Students in years 10 and 11 study a mix of one and two year courses which enable wider choice and the chance for early success. Most students gain at least one external qualification by the end of year 10. Both GCSE and BTEC courses are available and students are supported in making the right decisions for them.
The Core at KS4 is: English, Maths, Science, PE, Religious Studies, and PSHE. In addition, students may choose options from the following list:
- Ancient Greek
- Foundation Learning including Personal Development and Functional Skills
- Business Studies
- DT: Product Design
- Food Preparation and Nutrition
- Health and Social Care
- Media Studies
- Performing Arts