• Students begin their GCSE courses in Year 10.
  • At Key Stage 4, students study the following core subjects: GCSE English Language, GCSE English Literature, GCSE Mathematics, GCSE Science (combined or separate awards).  RE and PSHCE are delivered as part of the core and are non-examined.
  • At Key Stage 4 students study a minimum of 9 subjects: the core subjects, and four option subjects, ensuring the offer of a wide breadth of study.
  • No subject at Key Stage 4 is constrained by the examination specification. Each subjects’ curriculum offers a deeper approach to the subject, offering a wide range of content that we deem is important for life-long learning. Appropriate time is given to these subjects to allow for the full delivery of the syllabus and wider subject content to all students.
  • All subjects continue to promote a knowledge approach to the curriculum. The knowledge students are expected to know is specified in all subjects. This knowledge forms the foundations for curriculum planning including the schemes of work, the knowledge organisers, homework and assessments. In Key Stage 4, students develop how to apply their knowledge with more extended writing or problem-solving tasks.
  • Students are well supported through the option process to ensure they are on pathways that allow the greatest chance of academic success. We design the option blocks so that there is maximum flexibility of choice.
  • Students are appropriately guided to whether they study combined science or separate science. Both science pathways are delivered within the allocated core lesson time.
  • Students are only set in ability groups in the following subjects: mathematics, English and science. For all other subjects students will be in mixed ability groups.
  • Physical education (PE) and personal, social, health and religious education (PSHRE) teaching continues to promote students’ health and wellbeing.
  • PSHRE teaching and collective worship tutorials continue to promote students’ social, moral and cultural development.
  • Students’ spiritual development and understanding of British values and culture is delivered through PSHRE and collective worship tutorials.
  • The extra-curricular programme continues to enrich students learning, opening opportunities to experiences that broaden students’ horizons. The programme also includes GCSE support and exam preparation after term 1 in Year 11.

GCSE Results

The first GCSE results of Ridgeway Secondary School are something for us all to be proud of, our students and our school have achieved fantastic results that are testament to the professionalism, hard work, resilience and high standards of staff.

They highlight the ability, motivation and determination of our students and are < the result of the support and care of staff, parents and loved ones who have supported their children throughout their time at this school.

GCSE Results



Progress 8* Score



9-5 in English & Maths



9-5 in English



9-5 in Maths



9-4 in English & Maths



9-4 in English



9-4 in Maths



9-5 in Science



9-4 in Science



Students achieving grades 7 to 9 in 8 subjects or more