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Curriculum
6
All students in Years 7 and 8 study English,
Maths, Science, Computer Science, Physical
Education and Religious Education as core
subjects. In addition, they enjoy lessons in a
European Language, Geography, History,
Music,
Drama,
Design
Technology,
Engineering, Art, Textiles and Food
Technology/Catering.
Towards the end of Year 8, outside of the
core subjects, they have the opportunity to
make some small options choices. This
means that they can opt to add a second
European language, and/or they can choose
to spend more curriculum time in a subject
that they are already keen on, for example.
Towards the middle of Year 9 students are
invited to choose their GCSE courses. A
recent version of the school’s GCSE options
booklet is available to view on the website.
Students will study statutory subjects:
English Literature; English Language;
Mathematics; Science (Foundation, Double
or Triple award). They can choose to add
any four further subjects from: Computer
Science;
ICT;
Engineering;
Design
Technology; Art; Textiles; Photography;
Music; Drama; Physical Education; Food
Technology; Child Development.
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All students take Religious Education as an
examination subject, and core PE as a nonexamined subject. There is also a vocational
option which enables students to experience
education in other settings, such as college,
the workplace or to receive extra help with
their studies.
The curriculum is broad, balanced,
challenging and interesting. You ensure
that the well-planned curriculum provides
pupils with a firm foundation for the next
stage of their education. Pupils are
encouraged to be ambitious and to strive
for excellence. Many pupils take an active
role in extra-curricular opportunities. For
example, some Year 10 pupils have
recently been involved in engineering
‘Formula 1’ competitions, while others
have performed in a regional and national
‘Rock Challenge. (Ofsted 2017)
In
assessing
students’
academic
achievements and progress we use the new
GCSE number grades. Grade 9 is equivalent
to A** and Grade 5 is equivalent to a C/B
pass. Grades 3, 2, and 1 are below the usual
threshold for entry to post-16 colleges
and
apprenticeships,
but
can
still
provide students with appropriate courses
in the area’s wide range of colleges. Over the
past three years over 97% of students each
year have gone on to education, training or
employment from Robert May’s School. The
overwhelming majority complete A Level
courses and go on to Russell Group
Universities.

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