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The School Curriculum

At Rose Bridge Academy we provide a curriculum that is broad, balanced and inclusive, complying with statutory information. Our full curriculum offer has been designed and refined to allow all pupils to achieve to the best of their ability, preparing them for their next step on their education/employment journey and addressing the socio-economic issues which many of them face.

The curriculum offer is reviewed annually and responds to the needs of each individual cohort of pupils. We believe that it is not necessarily appropriate for all our pupils to study 8 GCSEs, however the majority do. This does affect our headline measures, but we feel that a personalised curriculum is more beneficial than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. With a strong philosophy of always doing what is right for our pupils.

Each year we complete a curriculum review and, following the publication of the ‘Wasted Years Agenda’ document, we discontinued the discrete “Key Stage 3 over three years and Key Stage 4 over two years” model. Through links within our Multi-Academy Trust, specifically Platt Bridge Primary, we have mapped our curriculum route from primary years to the end of secondary in all subjects. This has led to a 5-year (Year 7-11) curriculum plan with no discrete stages.

The vast majority of pupils are offered the opportunity to study the EBacc, however, this is optional. We also offer Triple Science to our more able pupils to allow for further stretch and challenge.

Improved pupil outcomes and attendance and reduced persistent absences are a direct result of the broad, balanced, relevant and engaging curriculum that meets the needs of our pupils at all levels of ability.

Pupils receive 25 hours of teaching contact time per week organised into 25 lessons. In addition, there is a morning registration period and standards check in form time. Year group assemblies are also scheduled once a week.

We have a larger than average proportion of SEN pupils. This is due in part to parental preference of Mainstream as opposed to Special Needs schools, mainly because of the strength of our provision in the Small Learning Community (SLC). There is a cohort of pupils who are significantly below level 4 on entry for English and maths, and these pupils may also have additional Special Education Needs. These pupils follow an alternative curriculum that focuses on the development of literacy and numeracy skills within the SLC. This inevitably affects the school’s VA and P8 scores as these pupils do not necessarily fill a ‘best 8’ curriculum. This is an area of exemplary practice.

Years 7 and 8

All pupils follow courses of study as set out by the National Curriculum:

View the Pathways Year 7 Curriculum Overview Year 8 Curriculum Overview

Information regarding the requirements of National Curriculum subjects can be found here:

National Curriculum website

Years 9, 10 and 11

Pupils follow programmes of study as laid down by the Exam Awarding Bodies. An element of choice is offered to pupils in order to personalise their study in particular areas.

View the Pathways View the Exam Boards

Pupils are guided in their option choices through individual counselling arranged alongside the Careers Advisor and by their subject teachers.

Parents of Year 8 pupils are provided with an Options Choice Information Booklet and are invited to an evening meeting where arrangements are explained for future studies. We always welcome parents’ interest in the school curriculum.