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Curriculum Introduction

We pride ourselves on providing our students with a curriculum which is broad, balanced and relevant to each of our learners.

The curriculum on offer is in line with the National Curriculum, however is flexible enough to allow individuals to follow their own bespoke programmes of study so that they can achieve the best possible outcome when they leave us. We have also ensured that an array of extra-curricular activities are on offer to enrich and supplement the main curriculum.

KS3 Curriculum Overview

The Reddish Vale High School curriculum is organised into a two week timetable of 50, sixty minute lessons, offering a broad and balanced curriculum at Key Stage 3.

This gives students the opportunity to achieve their full potential, and make as much progress as possible.

The following subjects are taught across each year of the key stage:

English Mathematics Science Geography
History Computing PE/Sport RE
Art Music Drama MFL
Cooking and Nutrition Citizenship

Students are initially placed in mixed ability form groups, with ability setting for English, Maths and Science introduced after the first half term in Year 7. 

As students move through the school, setting becomes the norm enabling them to be set challenging and extending work; in line with their academic potential.

*PE, Citizenship, Music Drama and Cooking and Nutrition continue to be taught in mixed ability groups.

Teaching group sizes are usually no more than 28 in Year 7, approximately 24 in Year 8 and 22 from Year 9 on wards.

     No. of periods
Key Stage 3 Subjects Yr 7 Yr 8  
Art 1 1  
Drama 1 1  
Cooking and Nutrition/Health and Social Care 1 1  
English 5 5  
Geography 1 1  
History 1 1  
Computing 1 1  
Maths 5 5  
Music 1 1  
PE 1 1  
Religious Education 1 1  
Science 5 5  
Citizenship 1 1  
Modern Foreign Language 1 1  





For more information on assessment and reporting at KS3, see our 'KS3 Life After Levels' page.

KS4 Curriculum Overview

The curriculum is organised into a two week timetable of 50 Sixty minute lessons.

At Key Stage 4 students are guided to follow one of 3 curriculum pathways, enabling students of all abilities, aptitudes and interests to achieve and be highly successful.

For each pathway, Students will follow both a core compulsory curriculum, as well as selecting 3 or 4 options from a wide range of subjects (depending on their chosen pathway).

PATHWAY 1 An academic GCSE route leading to the English Baccalaureate
PATHWAY 2 An academic GCSE route where the English Baccalaureate is optional
PATHWAY 3 Combines academic GCSE’s with a limited number of vocational courses

All pathways are designed to enable students to achieve 9 or more A* - C (9-4 under the new grading system) GCSE passes or equivalent.

Students have the opportunity to select courses directly suited to their interests and aspirations which, in turn, promotes high standards of achievement.

Key Stage 4 Compulsory Curriculum:   

English English Literature Maths Two Sciences

Key Stage 4 option subjects include:                     

GCSE Art & Design GCSE Music GCSE RE
GCSE Business GCSE PE GCSE Citizenship
GCSE Computer Science GCSE Drama GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition
GCSE French/German GCSE Further Additional Science GCSE Geography
GCSE History GCSE Health and Social Care OCR IMedia
LBF level 2 Financial Capability  

Subject Timetable - Allocations:

The curriculum at Reddish Vale High School is designed to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. The school timetable is structured around 50 periods per two week cycle.                

     No. of periods
Key Stage 4 Subjects Pathway 1 Pathway 2  
English 11 11  
Maths 11 11  
Science 11 11  
Sport 2 2  
History Geography 5 5  
MFL 5 5  
Options 5 5  
Total 50 50  

For additional information about the subjects and courses available at RVHS, simply contact the school if you have any subject specific queries.