Curriculum Overview

Ralph Allen School

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Ralph Allen School curriculum intent statement

At RAS we aim to have a curriculum which…

  1. Is rich, varied & deep as well as being relevant to young people; the curriculum will be made up of both substantive (the content of a subject) as well as the disciplinary (the analysis, evaluation) elements
  2. Promotes independence: it produces students who take responsibility for their own learning, understand the ways in which they learn best and the importance of attending to their own wellbeing, as well as that of others; it will develop the desire to keep learning after leaving school
  3. Meets the needs of all learners with a suitable degree of challenge for all and without labelling learners
  4. Develops the following characteristics – ambition (to achieve a personal best), responsibility (for own actions), respect (of other people), the ability to question (not take things at face value), determination (in the face of apparent failure), resilience (to keep going in the face of challenges)
  5. Creates exciting opportunities/pathways for students by giving them the knowledge and understanding they need to be global citizens & by preparing them for living in a fast changing (digital) world – giving them transferrable skills such as problem solving, team working, organisational and communication skills etc.


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.
  • 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, Health & Social Care, History, Music, Physical Education, Sport and Leisure Studies.
  • Please see the Key Stage 4 curriculum booklet (link at the bottom of the page) 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.

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 2020-22.

For further information, please contact Angus Harrison, Deputy Headteacher:

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