Ralph Allen School Curriculum Road Maps

How we organise student learning

We organise student learning around Curriculum Areas – subjects with Curriculum Road Map links are listed below:


Maths (KS3)

Maths (Foundation)

Maths (Higher)

Science (KS3)

Science (KS4)

Science (KS5)

Art (KS3)

Child Care (KS3-KS4)

Computer Science (KS3-KS4)

Design Technology (KS3) 

Drama (KS3-KS5)

Geography (KS3)Geography (KS4)

History (KS3)

French (KS3-KS4)

Spanish (KS3-KS4) Spanish A Level (KS5)

Music (KS3-KS5)



Physical Education (KS3)

Sociology (GCSE)

Sociology (A Level)


The various Curriculum Areas are taught by teachers who are grouped into Curriculum Teams.

For an overview and details of what is studied in Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5, see the Ralph Allen School Prospectus.  For the Sixth Form curriculum details in the Sixth Form Prospectus click here.


Curriculum Information

English, Maths and Science


Purpose of study

English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach students to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, students have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables students both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; students, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.


Purpose of study

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.


Purpose of study

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all students should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, students should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

For detailed curriculum information, see the Department for Education’s Secondary National Curriculum 2015 booklet

Spiritual Moral Social and Cultural (SMSAC)

Throughout our curriculum at Ralph Allen School, Spiritual Moral Social and Cultural (SMSAC) aspects of learning are delivered across a range of different subjects.

Click each link to read more:

Ralph Allen School British Values

SMSC Statement 2018

Overview of Core Themes for PSHE at Ralph Allen School

Overview of British Values at Ralph Allen School in PSHE


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