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Sir William Ramsay School

Empowering Everyone to Achieve

Curriculum

Our school curriculum has been designed paying attention to the students and families whom we serve. Our central aim is to meet their needs and aspirations, allowing our students to develop socially and academically, during their time at Sir William Ramsay School. By doing this, we are helping to create the citizens and society of the future.

We see the curriculum as the progression of a broad mix of experiences gained by our students from lessons, assemblies and extra-curricular opportunities to wider ones linked to raising aspirations. 

Broadly speaking our curriculum intent encompasses the following: 

  • Dignity, respect and equality.
  • Self-belief, challenge and aspiration.
  • Deep and rich knowledge and skills acquisition.
  • Independent young people living safely in the modern world and preparing for their futures.

 Years 7, 8 and 9 Intent

The intention of Years 7, 8 and 9 is to build on Primary School experience, to prepare for GCSE and for students to start to think about their individual strengths and their possible future life choices.

To do this we offer:

  • A broad and balanced academic experience and wide range of subjects.
  • The mastery of skills, knowledge and understanding focused on depth.
  • Aspiration for all but especially our disadvantaged students.
  • Literacy and numeracy acceleration.
  • Stretch and challenge focused on independence and “Thinking Hard”.
  • The instilling of our core values and equality.
  • Support with contemporary issues - safety, mental health, life in modern Britain
  • Extra-curricular opportunities including leadership opportunities.
  • Preparation for next steps into Years 10 and 11.

Years 10 and 11 Intent

The intention of Years 10 and 11 is to build on Years 7, 8 and 9, for students to achieve academic success, to be able to make informed decisions on their future learning and careers pathways and be prepared for life as young adults.

To do this we offer:

  • A wide range of academic opportunities (four GCSE options with one of Geography, History and Spanish required).
  • Aspirations for all but especially our disadvantaged students.
  • A continued focus on the importance of Maths and English.
  • Stretch and challenge for all through “Thinking Hard”.
  • A focus on successful learning through memory, practice, revision and independence.
  • Further development of contemporary issues and preparation for safe life in modern Britain and society.
  • Extra-curricular opportunities including leadership.
  • Preparation for next steps in learning - careers and education advice.

GCSE

Art & Design (Y10/Y11)

Food Preparation and Nutrition (Y10/Y11)

Art Photography (Y10/Y11)

Geography (Y10/Y11)

Biology (Y10/Y11)

History (Y10/Y11)

Chemistry (Y10/Y11)

Mathematics (Y10/Y11)

Design & Technology (Resistant) (Y10/Y11)

Physics (Y10/Y11)

Design & Technology Textile Design (Y10)

Religious Studies (Y10/Y11)

Design & Technology (Textiles) (Y11)

Science Combined Trilogy (Y10/Y11)

English Language (Y10/Y11)

Spanish (Y10/Y11)

English Literature (Y10/Y11)

 

 

Vocational

Beauty Therapy & Hairdressing Certificate (Y10/Y11)

Level 2 VRQ

Enterprise & Marketing Cambridge National Certificate (Y10)

Level 2 National

Business First Award (Y11)

Level 2 BTEC

Creative Media Production Tech Award (Y10)

Level 2 BTEC

Creative Digital Media Production First Award (Y11)

Level 2 BTEC

Engineering Design Cambridge National Certificate (Y10)

Level 2 National

Engineering First Award (Y11)

Level 2 BTEC

Health & Social Care Tech Award (Y10/Y11)

Level 2 BTEC

Information Technologies Cambridge National Certificate (Y10/Y11)

Level 2 National

Music First Award (Y10/Y11)

Level 2 BTEC

Performing Arts (Acting) Tech Award (Y10/Y11)

Level 2 BTEC

Personal and Social Development Award (Y11)

Level 1 BTEC

Sport Science Cambridge National Certificate (Y10)

Level 2 National

Sport First Award (Y11)

Level 2 BTEC

Years 12 and 13 Intent

The intention of our Sixth Form is to build on GCSE success and not only to create the citizens of the future, but to build the society of the future. We want our students to be well-rounded, marketable, independent and successful individuals.

To do this we offer:

  • A range of academic, vocational, GCSE Maths/English resits and creative qualifications to enable students to pursue their interests and achieve their future aspirations.
  • Leadership development where every student achieves a recognised and valued Level 2 qualification in leadership.
  • A work experience programme which allows students to gain insight into the places of work which are relevant to their Level 3 courses and future aspirations.
  • Each student a personalised learning plan which recognises for each their unique process of learning, development and progression.
  • Each student the opportunity to make a difference in the whole school and wider community.
  • Enrichment activities focused on aspirations, future choices, life skills and contemporary issues.
  • Emotional, mental and academic support at the core of all that we do.

 

Vocational

Beauty Therapy Extended Diploma (Y12)

Level 2 TECH

Beauty Therapy Extended Diploma in Massage Therapies (Y13)

Level 3 TECH

Business National Extended Certificate (Y12/Y13)

Level 3 BTEC

Extended Project (Y12)

Level 3 Project

Food, Science & Nutrition Diploma (HGSS) (Y13)

Level 3 Diploma

Health & Social Care National Extended Certificate (Y12/Y13)

Level 3 BTEC

Information Technology National Extended Certificate (Y12/Y13)

Level 3 BTEC

Music Performing Subsidiary Diploma (Y13)

Level 3 BTEC

Public Services Subsidiary Diploma (Y12/Y13)

Level 3 BTEC

Sport National Extended Certificate (Y12/Y13)

Level 3 BTEC

 

A-LEVEL

Art & Design (HGSS) (Y12/Y13)

EDEXCEL

Biology (Y12/Y13)

AQA

English Literature A (Y12/Y13)

AQA

Geography (Y12/Y13)

AQA

History (Y12/Y13)

AQA

Maths (Y13)

EDEXCEL

Philosophy & Ethics (Y12/Y13)

OCR

Photography (Y12/Y13)

EDEXCEL

Physics A (Y12/Y13)

OCR

Politics (HGSS) (Y12/Y13)

EDEXCEL

Product Design (HGGS) (Y13)

AQA

Psychology (Y12/Y13)

AQA