The Curriculum Intent at Ribston is to provide an education that gives students opportunities to:
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;
Develop their personal character. They will have high expectations of themselves and their behaviour. They will show good judgement, confidence and self-belief;
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:
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.
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.
All students follow GCSE courses in: English, English Literature, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology (or Combined Science) and Religious Studies. Students choose three additional GCSE subjects from: Art & Design (Fine Art or Textiles), Dance, Food Preparation & Nutrition, Drama, Geography, History, Computer Science, Music, Physical Education, French, German and Spanish. In addition there is a general programme involving Physical Education, Personal, Social, Health, Economic Education and private study time.
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.
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. Anyone not able to attend on religious grounds should write to the Headteacher.