Our Curriculum

Curriculum Intent and Rationale

The school’s vision is modelled in our curriculum, where we believe in skills, knowledge and opportunities. We believe that our students deserve a curriculum that does not narrow the life chances but enables social equity and mobility. For our students to compete in a global economy, we offer a wide range of subjects and offer guidance and support for the choices they make.



At Ridgeway Secondary School we deliver a curriculum that is explicitly ambitious for all students. It is the pursuit of every member of the community to ensure all students are provided with a high-quality educational experience across the school that develops them into prosperous young people that can contribute to society.

By coherently planning and sequencing each stage in the learning journey students benefit from a knowledge-rich curriculum that aims to develop all students regardless of their starting point or disposition. 

In our core values, we hold dear the experiences outside the classroom and by offering unique experiences through our CIAG programme enrichment opportunities and extra-curricular programme we look to build every student’s cultural capital to ensure they are all ready for modern-day Britain.


Our curriculum is therefore carefully designed by our subject specialists within the school to challenge our students, to ensure learning is at the heart of our lessons and to enable our students to meet and exceed their minimum expected grades (MEGs) so all students have the opportunity for a better future.

The school endorses the curriculum aims of the government as outlined in the National Curriculum and alongside this, it is important to us that we focus on what our students need, giving them more meaningful learning experiences that help them to make informed choices and develop skills for learning and life.

Curriculum Moving Forward

As a small-sized secondary school we work hard to offer a broad and balanced curriculum model throughout Key Stage Four. We believe in offering subjects that allow a wide range of pathways and progression for our students in the future.

We currently provide our KS2 students with a more thematic curriculum, studying many subjects within ‘Discover’ and ‘Explore’ in Year 5 and Year 6. KS2 students do gain from having some lessons taught by teachers with particular specialisms. As students move into KS3 (Year 7 and Year 8) these specialisms become more important. Many subjects are taught discretely as students start to define their pathways to GCSEs.

GSCE Subjects

During Year 9 Ridgeway students will select the options for the GCSEs that they wish to undertake. They are offered core subjects of:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Computing

They are also offered foundation subjects of:

  • Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish, French and German)
  • Geography
  • History
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • PSHE (Non-Examination)
  • Art
  • Design Technology
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Business Studies
  • Music
  • Sociology
  • Plus additional subjects of:
  • BTEC Animal Care
  • ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence)
  • CoPE

(These subjects are liable to change depending on student choice and government policy)

If you have any questions regarding our curriculum, please email:

Mr Ball (Deputy Headteacher): mball@ridgewaysecondary.org.uk

A curriculum which is stimulating and challenging is important to us at Ridgeway Secondary School. We feel strongly that if students are safe, happy and healthy, they will enjoy their learning then they will learn about the world around them and the role that they play in it.