The Curriculum at Rooks Heath School
Our curriculum is ambitious for our students and intends to deliver an academic and social educational experience that develops responsible, well-rounded adults and citizens of a global world. It promotes the fundamental British Values in line with our School values to achieve academic success and develop good character whilst ensuring equality of opportunity so that all students develop the spirit to always strive to be their best.
Our curriculum is rich in its offering of subjects such as both ICT and computing at KS4 and exposes students to Latin or Ancient Greek as early as KS3. Links to careers, safeguarding, personal finance and community are woven into each key stage, both through lesson content and as extra-curricular events and experiences. At Rooks Heath, we know how important it is for students to have the skills and aptitudes which give them the edge as well as provide a foundation for whichever pathway students wish to follow into their future careers. Our curriculum has been developed, keeping in mind the career aspirations of the 21st-century youth interweaving.
We believe that increasing knowledge, reading and a strong sense of curiosity lead to the power needed to change, develop and progress our communities. Our curriculum challenges thought and encourages deep thinking and analysis. Materials chosen to be shared with students for reading and learning purposes are selected with great care for their authenticity and challenge.
In Years 7-8 great care is taken to ensure the transition from primary school follows an upwards trajectory with regards to progress, interest, enthusiasm and motivation.
In Years 9, 10 and 11 students are able to choose from a range of subjects which match their levels of ability and interest whilst also providing more of the breadth associated subjects learnt at Key Stage Three. We offer more than 30 GCSE and vocational courses leading to an ever-widening range of A Level and Level 3 vocational qualifications in our sixth form. The quality of education is underpinned by lessons that is delivered skilfully to ensure achievement for all. Every second of learning counts and contributes to the development of independent learners. We are ambitious for our year 10 and 11 students and they are strongly encouraged and expected to study for the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) as their core curriculum. We pride ourselves on a comprehensive curriculum which meets the needs of the most eloquent and the least proficient in the English language. Home languages are encouraged to GCSE qualification standard. Students are then able to select further options of their own.
As part of the Harrow Collegiate, we offer our students an extensive range of A Level and vocational BTEC National level 3 courses to choose from culminating in a suite of either 3 or 4 A levels or equivalent. In addition students all benefit from a tutorial programme which guides them towards increased personal and academic independence covering topics such as personal finance, community safeguarding and a period of work experience. A dedicated comprehensive support programme for university applications or other areas of education or employment is in place and involves the expertise of the school’s own Careers Guidance Officer.
We have an extensive extended curriculum to develop confidence, in all areas of life, including their academic, social, moral, health and creative matters. Our entire curriculum is designed to develop individuals who know their value, appreciate the world around them and how they will contribute to it.
Transition and Foundations Programme (Y7 / 8)
Examination Programme (Y10 / 11)
Advancement / Completion / Stage (Y12/13)
The Curriculum Beyond Lesson Time