Ranelagh School

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Curriculum Outline

The curriculum 11-16 aims to deliver the subjects of the National Curriculum, the cross-curricular elements, dimensions and themes, and Religious Education in line with the appropriate Education Acts.

The curriculum 14-19 aims to provide an increasingly differentiated range of opportunities for students of all abilities and aptitudes.

Additional information is available by request.  Please email enquiries@ranelagh.bonitas.org.uk


Year 7

All students study English (7), Mathematics (7), Science (6), Geography (3), History (3), Religious Education (3), Art (2), Music (2), Drama (2), Physical Education (5), French or Spanish (5) and Food, Product Design and Information Technology which are taught in a carousel (4). All students also have one lesson of Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education. All lessons are taught in mixed ability groups, apart from Mathematics where some setting is introduced during the Autumn Term.

Year 8

The organisation of the curriculum is almost the same as it is for Year 7. The majority of lessons are taught in mixed ability groups. Setting is continued in Mathematics.

Students study a range of subjects including English (7), Mathematics (7), Science (6), Food and Product Design (3), Information Technology (2), Geography (3), History (3), Religious Education (3), French or Spanish (4), Physical Education (4), Art (3), Music (2) and Drama (2). All students continue the modern foreign language selected in Year 7. Students also have one lesson of Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education.  Setting is arranged in Mathematics and Science.


Year 10 and Year 11

This stage of the National Curriculum leads to examinations in GCSE qualifications. There is a common core curriculum for all students with an additional element of choice in option groups. Students make their choice of options in Year 9 following discussion and consultation. The organisation of the curriculum is as follows:

All students study a core curriculum. This consists of English Language and Literature (7), Maths (7), Double Science (9), and RE (3), which lead to GCSE qualifications; plus PSHCE (1) and PE (3), which are non-examination courses. Setting takes place in Mathematics and Science.

In addition to the core, students choose a number of options. All optional GCSE subjects are allocated 5 hours on the timetable in Year 10 and Year 11.

Students may choose any combination of GCSE subjects but a broad and balanced curriculum is strongly advised.

Other courses are as follows:

GCSE Courses

English Language Sport
English Literature Drama
Mathematics Economics
Double or Triple Science Geography
Art History
Food Music
French Computer Science
Spanish Product Design

Citizenship entitlement at Key Stage 4 is delivered partly via PSHCE lessons and partly across the curriculum.


Advanced Level Courses

The following subjects are offered to A Level in Year 13 provided there are sufficient numbers to make teaching groups viable. The time allocation is 9 periods over two weeks.

All A-level students take Religious Education (1), Physical Education (4).

A-Level Courses

Art and Design Biology
Business Chemistry
Computer Science Design and Technology: Product Design
Drama and Theatre Economics
English Language English Literature
French Geography
History Mathematics
Further Mathematics Music
Philosophy, Theology and Ethics Physical Education
Physics Psychology