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Ribston Hall High School

Ribston HallHigh School


The Curriculum Intent at Ribston is to provide an education that gives students opportunities to:

Cognitive Fluency

Become effective, autonomous learners who have developed skills that enable them to learn with cognitive fluency.  They will have high aspirations and will work hard to achieve their goals;

Personal Character

Develop their personal character. They will have high expectations of themselves and their behaviour. They will show good judgement, confidence and self-belief;

Compassion & Tolerance

Develop compassion, tolerance and a strong social conscience. Students will take opportunities to improve their own world through their careers and relationships in both the local and global community.


The strategic implementation for our curriculum is to facilitate a culture of academic excellence and personal growth through enriching and effective learning experiences.

Promote Challenge & Deep thinking - High Expectations from students and teachers, with opportunities for Independent Learning through:

  • Modelling & Risk-Taking - Students are resilient and know how to apply knowledge and skills
  • Questioning - 'high-level' questioning so that students think hard
  • Feedback & Metacognition for Self-Reflection - High quality, to encourage future discovery
  • Positive Learning Climate – Embedded use of positive language

These five key strategies will be embedded into the curriculum and teaching through the implementation of the Effective Teaching Framework – ‘Classrooms of Discovery’. These strategies, alongside increasingly demanding subject content will provide opportunities throughout the Key Stages for students to develop themselves. 

Assessment, Feedback and Reporting

For more information on how we carry out assessment, provide feedback and report to parents, please follow this link to access the information for parents.

At Ribston, we endeavour to ensure our approaches to assessment, feedback, and reporting are continuously improved. In the academic year 2023/24, we gathered feedback from parents and produced a report outlining feedback and future plans.


Key Stage 3 - Years 7, 8 & 9  

Students in Years 7 to 9 follow a broad curriculum which over the three years covers: English, Mathematics, Science, Modern Foreign Languages (French & Spanish), History, Geography, Religious Studies, Art & Design (Fine Art, Graphics & Textiles), Food Preparation & Nutrition, Music, Computer Science, Physical Education, Dance, Drama and Personal, Social, Health, Economic Education.

Key Stage 4 - Years 10 & 11 

All students follow GCSE courses in: English, English Literature, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology (or Combined Science). Students choose three additional GCSE subjects from: Art & Design (Fine Art, Textile Design and 3-Dimension Design), Dance, Food Preparation & Nutrition, Drama, Geography, History, Computer Science, Music, Religious Studies, Physical Education, French and Spanish.  In addition, there is a general programme involving Physical Education, Personal, Social, Health, Economic Education, non-exam Religious Studies and private study time.

Sixth Form - Key Stage 5  

A wide range of Advanced Level subjects are available in the Sixth Form. Sixth Form students choose at three subjects from the following:

Art & Design (Fine Art, Photography, Textiles), Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Dance, Food Science and Nutrition, English Literature, French, Geography, Computer Science, History, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Philosophy & Ethics, Sociology and Spanish.

Further details are published in the Sixth Form Prospectus. Please visit the Sixth Form website page for more information about the Sixth Form. 

Independent Study  

Independent Study makes an important contribution to a student’s learning. To ensure that maximum benefit is gained from the setting of independent study, there needs to be a partnership between the student, the teaching staff and parents.

Students have a planner in which to record their study tasks.  We also use Show My Homework to support the independent study process.

The time spent on independent study will vary at different times of the year and in different subjects across all year groups.


The school holds weekly assemblies, which students attend. This is an important part of the daily life of the school.