in our curriculum
Ravens Wood prides itself on the broad and balanced curriculum it offers its students.
In an ever changing educational landscape monitoring and evaluating our students’ progress is one of the keys to our success. At Ravens Wood we set challenging but realistic targets for our students throughout their school career. Your son will engage in English, Mathematics, Science, French or German, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Art, Music, Dance, Drama, Physical Education, Design Technology, Computer Programming and PSHE.
Year 7 & 8 (Key Stage 3)
At the beginning of Year 7 there is an induction period during the first six weeks. We believe that the most efficient and fairest way of grouping pupils is setting by ability, using nationally generated data alongside our own flight paths of general intelligence and baseline tests in subjects to ensure that students have been placed in the appropriate set. These tests also contribute to an indication of future performance up to GCSE level and allow us to track progress from the start.
Every student is set separately in English, mathematics and science. We operate a flexible system with regard to setting and use the review system to make set adjustments at the beginning and middle of each academic year.
Years 9, 10 & 11 (Key Stage 4)
In Years 9, 10 and 11 the majority of students study a core of traditional academic subjects that make up the English Baccalaureate (Ebac): English, mathematics, French or German, science, history or geography. Beyond the core, they can select a variety of GCSE qualifications. The wide choice of GCSE subjects is published in a separate information booklet available to students during Year 8.
Years 12 & 13 (Key Stage 5)
There are approximately 350 students in our Sixth Form, where we also admit young ladies. A separate Sixth Form Prospectus updated annually, sets out the full range of A Level and vocational subjects on offer.