Structure of the Ryedale School Curriculum
The Ryedale School curriculum is designed to allow all students to reach their potential by developing their love of learning. Students are prepared for the next stage in their education and for life beyond school. All students are encouraged to challenge themselves, work independently and be part of a team. The curriculum develops confidence, creativity, curiosity, problem solving, resilience and respect. It allows students with different aptitudes and interests to choose individual pathways through school and challenges all to ‘Aspire and Achieve’.
Year 7 students are placed in separate ability sets for English, maths and science based on their progress made at key stage 2. Their English setting also determines their history, geography, French and literacy groups. All other lessons are mixed ability and include art, drama, design technology, food technology, information technology, music, religious education, citizenship and physical education.
Year 8 students follow a similar pattern to Year 7 except that some take up a second modern foreign language and one set of high ability musicians are taught together.
Year 9 students continue in setted groups for English, maths, science, history, geography, French, a second modern foreign language and religious education. Everyone studies design technology, information technology, physical education and citizenship in mixed ability groups. Students select three extra subjects from music, drama, dance, art and food technology depending on their ability and interest.
Year 10 and Year 11 students continue with English, maths and science taught in ability sets. They also follow the following compulsory subjects; physical education, citizenship and religious education. They must then choose four additional options subjects from the following list of GCSE’s; biology, physics, chemistry, history, geography, French, a second modern foreign language, food technology, design technology, computer studies, dance, drama, music, art and GCSE PE. Some students follow a less academic pathway which may include applied learning and life skills programmes.