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Our Curriculum Intent

A school where students come first and no one is left behind, because they have inspirational teachers and the outcomes demonstrate excellent progress, from an appropriate and challenging curriculum that fosters aspiration for all.

At Roding Valley High School, we promote a seven-year journey. We implement a curriculum that is both challenging and creative to ensure the students are engaged and prepared to succeed at each milestone.

In Year 7, we focus on transition, reading, extended writing skills and encourage our students to take advantage of each and every opportunity that is presented to them. At Roding Valley High School, our intention is to offer a broad and balanced curriculum to all of our students, to give them the best start at secondary school while experiencing a wealth of different subject areas, so that they are able to make informed decisions when they choose their GCSE courses later on in their school journey.

Throughout Year 7, our students will study English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, RS, French or Spanish, Art, Drama, Food and Nutrition, Music, Computer Science and PE. Our students are taught in a mixture of banded groups (by ability) for English, Maths, Science, Humanities and Modern Language and in mixed ability groups for the creative subjects and PE.

Our ability bands are Extension, Core and Support. The number of groups in each band depends on what is appropriate for the cohort. We identify the appropriate band for each student using their individual KS2 SATS scores and their baseline testing. If needed, we will insert an upper band that sits between Extension and Core to ensure that the students are nurtured and challenged appropriately. Our curriculum offer also includes a strong focus on character development and student wellbeing.

Students will participate in enrichment activity days such as reality roadshow and mental health workshops; character and culture lessons are built into the curriculum and students are encouraged to participate in the Edge.

In Year 9, we transition our students from a broad curriculum into a slightly narrower one as they choose their GCSE options. As a school, we believe that the choice of subjects should be right for the student and we want every student to be successful. The students are split into 4 pathways for their GCSE options based on their academic profile throughout Years 7-9:

  • Pathway 1 where a student is encouraged to study Triple Science and the EBacc
  • Pathway 2 where a student is encouraged to study the EBacc
  • Pathway 3 where a student can study the Ebacc, but is only expected to study one of a Humanity, Language or Computer Science
  • Pathway 4 where a student can study the EBacc, but has been identified as a student who would benefit from additional English and Maths support and isn’t expected to study a Humanity, Language or Computer Science as one of their options.

All students study English Language, English Literature, Maths and Science at GCSE. They also have a core PE lesson each week.

To support the transition to their GCSE courses, the Year 9 students begin their Option pathways after the Summer Half Term break to maximise their time on these courses whilst also ensuring that they study a broad and balanced curriculum for a substantial period of time through Years 7-9.

We continuously review the curriculum offer to ensure that we are offering the best we can to our students. We recognise that outstanding teaching and learning is at the heart of a world-class curriculum. At Roding Valley High School, our curriculum is structured around the progression of core subject specific skills to allow students to excel in every subject area from year 7-13. Each subject will have a set of key skills which they develop in every single year group. These skills are then assessed, with feedback provided. 

Key Stage 3 (KS3)

Year 7 Curriculum Overview

Year 7 subjects. Click on a subject below to view/download the relevant PDF document. 

Year 8 Curriculum Overview

Year 8 subjects. Click on a subject below to view/download the relevant PDF document. 

Year 9 Curriculum Overview

Year 9 subjects. Click on a subject below to view/download the relevant PDF document. 

Key Stage 4 (KS4)

Below you will find our curriculum offering for Key Stage 4.

You can also view our options form from January 2018 to see a range of courses that were offered to students to select from. If your son/daughter is in year 9, a revised booklet and form will be published in January 2019 outlining the subject options available to them from September 2019. If you wish to find out more about the curriculum being offered, please contact the relevant subject leader using the contact details on the staff contact page.

Year 10 Curriculum Overview & Skills Maps