‘Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.’ Socrates

Ralph Allen School is above all a learning organisation. Everyone at Ralph Allen, staff and students, is a learner and we regard learning not as the transfer of knowledge, but as a process of inspiring the learner. Teachers have a crucial role to play in inspiring learners, but we also recognise that inspiration comes also from other sources (including family and friends). Our aim is to bring about inspirational learning opportunities for students of all ages and our success can be seen by the fantastic results that our students achieve.

Key aims of curriculum

·         To deliver excellent outcomes

·         To meet the needs of all pupils – excites, relevant, skills based

·         To be inclusive

·         To be adaptable, innovative but sustainable



All students follow a core subject entitlement of:

English, Mathematics, Science, Modern Foreign Languages (French or Spanish), Design and Technology (including Food and Nutrition, Graphics, Resistant Materials and Textiles), History, Geography, Philosophy and Ethics (which includes Religious Education), Art, Music, Drama, Physical Education, Personal Social & Health Education (PSHE) and Computer Science. Please note that we no longer offer German as a subject to study in Key Stage 3 or 4.

Dance is taught as part of the PE curriculum.

Sex and relationships education is taught as part of PSHE and Science

There are elements of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) education throughout the curriculum and in the Assembly programme.


In Year 7 students take part in the fortnightly Wednesday Window programme of curriculum enrichment.

In Year 9 some students will take up the study of a second foreign language.

Students in these years also have opportunities to take part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities.

In addition all students take part in the Tutorial programme, which includes the opportunity for peer mentoring and learning as well as a variety of other topics which fit in with the Assembly themes for each week of the school year.



At KS4, students follow a core curriculum of:

English, Mathematics, Double Science, PSHCE (including Careers Education) and PE.

Students also choose to follow four subjects from the following examination courses:

Art, Computer Science, i-Media, Drama, Product Design, Food and Nutrition, French, Spanish, Geography, German, Health & Social Care, History, Music, Physical Education, Sport and Leisure Studies.

Please see the Key Stage 4 curriculum booklet (link below) for further details

In Year 10 all students will undertake a week of work experience during term 6.



Most of our students study three A Level subjects, although some students with very strong grades in their GCSE subjects may study four A Level courses if this is appropriate for them. Resit classes in English and Maths GCSE will be studied at the same time as other A Levels, for those students who do not achieve a level 4 at GCSE in either subject.

Our students also take part in a weekly foundation PSHE programme in addition to Sixth Form assembly which covers a wide range of topics including values and morality. Students are able to complete the Extended Project and get involved in a wide range of sixth form extra-curricular activities.

Sixth Formers have comprehensive careers/higher education advice/experience provided by a programme delivered by the Sixth Form Team.

Full detail of the curriculum we offer at Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form) is detailed in the Sixth Form prospectus (click here for a copy).

Please click here to access the Ralph Allen School Prospectus, which gives an overview of the curriculum in all key stages.

Please click here to access the KS4 Curriculum Options Booklet 2018-2020.

For further information, please contact

John Chantry, Deputy Headteacher, February 2018


Year 11 study skills evening - documents from the evening

Revision techniques

ISAs in Science

General presentation

Modern Foreign Languages

Dealing with stress and anxiety