Rickmansworth School 024

Curriculum Overview

Our vision is to develop well-rounded successful individuals, all of whom make a positive contribution to Rickmansworth school life and beyond. We aim to provide an inclusive, safe, happy and stimulating environment, one which is based on mutual respect and collaborative relationships between students, staff and the wider community.  Through inspirational teaching of an academic curriculum and varied enrichment opportunities, we support our students to develop a thirst for knowledge and to foster an intellectual curiosity; helping to create life-long learners.  We strive to provide first-class facilities to support exceptional teaching; enabling students to become resourceful and resilient individuals who value education. 

As an academically partialVenn - curriculumly-selective school, it follows that Rickmansworth students are intellectually curious and therefore our curriculum has to reflect this; challenging for all. Our curriculum is split into three main areas: subject, supportive and extra-curricular. Through these, we aim to prepare each student for the next phase of their life as a global citizen, to be adaptable to challenges they may face and to have the resolve of character to be successful.

We recognise that a broad, balanced and ambitious curriculum is essential for all students to become effective learners and the next generation of leaders who are ready for the challenges of the future. 

Through our approach to operate a curriculum which promotes diversity, equality and inclusivity we offer varied opportunities both in and outside of the School which enable our students to:

  • Command a range of knowledge, vocabulary and skills;
  • Develop as confident, responsible and articulate learners and citizens;
  • Reveal and develop their inner strengths to thrive at school and beyond.

We place great importance on instilling the attitudes and practices of good scholarship and we achieve this by promoting our key values and ethos through our six ‘Ricky R’s’: resilient, resourceful, reflective, responsibility, relationships, and respect; all of which are embedded throughout our curriculum.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Offer

At key stage 3 students will study:

  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Design Technology (Resistant Materials and Textiles)
  • Drama
  • English
  • Food Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages (French and German - students in Year 7 study both and then students have a choice which one they want to continue with - there is an option to continue both which many do).
  • Music
  • Physical Education (Known as Games/core PE)
  • PSHE
  • Religious Studies
  • Resilience and Study Skills (Year 7 only)
  • Science (biology, chemistry and physics)

Form time

  • Personal Development programme - PSHE

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Offer

Overview

In Years 10 and 11 students have a large element of choice which allows them to personalise their Key Stage 4 curriculum. There are, however, a number of subjects which are compulsory for every student - these are the core subjects and they make up between 50 to 60% of the timetable for each student. 

Students will study courses that will lead to GCSEs in:

  • English Language

  • English Literature

  • Mathematics

  • Science (This can be either 2 or 3 GCSEs  depending on whether the student is recommended for and wishes to study 3 single sciences)

  • Modern Foreign Language: reflecting the high regard the School, universities and employers place on students being able to study a language to at least GCSE level the majority of students  will be allocated a Modern Foreign Language.

Full list of GCSE subjects

  • English Language and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages - German and French
  • Art and Design
  • Astronomy (Twilight)
  • Business studies
  • Community Languages (depends on student numbers)
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Design & Technology
  • Drama
  • Film Studies
  • Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics
  • Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics - 3 separate GCSEs in each science)
  • Combined Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics - 2 GCSEs)

Cambridge National Certificate qualification

  • Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia

Non Examined 

  • Games
  • Religious Studies  - delivered through our enrichment day programme
  • PSHE

Form Time

  • Form time includes delivery of our personal development programme 

Key Stage 5 Curriculum Offer

At Key Stage 5 students study a combination of the following            A Levels:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • English Language and Literature
  • Film Studies
  • French
  • Further Mathematics
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Philosophy and Ethics (R.S.)
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Other Qualifications

  • Extended Project Qualification

Form Time

  • L-Cubed (PHSE/RSE)