Curriculum

CURRICULUM PRINCIPLES

At Ruislip High School, the curriculum is ambitious and challenging, in order to allow Ruislip High School students to gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life. The curriculum is founded on a determination to raise the aspirations and ambitions of our students through both academic and personal development and centres on our mission ‘From grassroots to reaching for the sky’.

At Ruislip High School, passion for subjects is placed at the heart of the curriculum so that lessons foster the love and enthusiasm that first caught the imagination of teachers in that subject. The curriculum is informed by cognitive science research and is constantly reviewed and updated to reflect our local and global context.

We are proud to be a school both in, and for, the local community and we recognise that students join us from a range of different starting points. All students have access to the full curriculum and study creative and practical subjects alongside the more traditional core subjects. Additional support is given to students who join the school who require intervention but this is in addition to, not a replacement of, the full curriculum experience. All students have access to high-quality teaching.

Reading is the golden thread that binds the curriculum. All subject areas promote reading to support students both to read fluently and to develop a joy of reading.

CURRICULUM JOURNEY

At Key Stage 3, students build on their learning from primary school. Students study English; mathematics; science; art, craft and design; computer science; history; geography; French or Spanish; food and nutrition; drama; music; physical education; and cultural studies (citizenship, religious education, personal, social and health education).

In Year 9, students are supported through the process of selecting their options for Key Stage 4; the offer is a balance between traditional and vocational subjects. This process begins in the spring term so that there is plenty of time to allow students and parents to make this important decision and the school runs a pathway system to help inform choices.

All students study GCSEs in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science (either two or three GCSEs depending on the depth of study) and Citizenship. Most students also study at least one ancient or foreign language, History and Geography. Further GCSE options include Art, Computer Science, Drama and Media Studies and vocational options include Travel and Tourism, Health and Social Care and Sport.

Students enter the Sixth Form to study for Level 3 qualifications, either taking a full A-level programme or a mix of A-level subjects plus BTEC Level 3 courses. Students are invited to attend a Sixth Form Open Evening in the autumn term of Year 11 to guide and support them through the transition process.

The Ruislip High School Sixth Form curriculum offered includes A-level courses in Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Drama, English Language, English Literature, Geography, History, Law, Mathematics, Media Studies, Politics, Physics, Psychology, and Sociology, and BTEC courses in Travel and Tourism, Sport, and Health and Social Care.

Students also benefit from the 4H consortium between Haydon School, Queensmead School, Ruislip High School and Vyners School; this allows students to take one Level 3 subject at a ‘host’ centre. This has broadened the subject choices available to sixth form students in all four schools.

THE WIDER CURRICULUM

The opportunities students are offered outside academic subjects are extensive. In addition to the timetabled curriculum, over a number of days each year the school timetable is collapsed so that quality cross-curricular activities can be organised, for example our annual theme day and activities week. These days offer varied opportunities to explore individual or cross-curricular subject disciplines in greater depth.

As a school we observe particular weeks to support students’ character development, including Safer Internet Week and Safeguarding Week. Additionally, a wide programme of school visits are organised each year to places of local, national and international significance/interest. These include trips to the Globe theatre, to Battlefield sites and to Paris. The school is proud to run the Duke of Edinburgh programme at Bronze, Silver and Gold Award level. Students are also encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities on a regular basis through the Above and Beyond programme and these include revision opportunities for year groups taking public exams.