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, Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (PRE), Art, Music, Dance, Drama, Physical Education, Design Technology, Computer Science and Personal Social Health Education (PSHE). We are equally committed to develop our students through the teaching of a range of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) subjects, as we are for them to develop a thirst for the Arts.
We believe that the most efficient and fairest way of grouping pupils is setting by ability, using Key Stage 2 (KS2) Assessment Data upon entry. We spend time analysing this data, alongside our own flight path expectations to ensure that students have been placed in the appropriate set. KS2 tests contribute directly to an indication of future performance up to GCSE level and allow us to track progress from the outset of your son’s time here at Ravens Wood.
Every student is set separately in English and Mathematics, with subjects linked to these main core subjects. French and German, History and PRE are linked to English, with Science and Geography linked to Mathematics. We operate a flexible system with regard to setting and use the review cycle to make set adjustments at the beginning and middle of each academic year. The Arts, DT and Computing are taught in mixed ability groups. PE is set by practical ability after the first 6 weeks in Year 7 and reviewed on a termly basis
In Years 9, 10 and 11 the majority of students study a core of traditional academic subjects that make up the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc): English, Mathematics, French or German, Science, History or Geography. Beyond the core, students can select a variety of GCSE qualifications. The wide choice of GCSE/Vocational subjects is published in a separate information booklet available to students during Year 8.
There are approximately 400 students in our Sixth Form, where we also admit a large number of young ladies. A separate Sixth Form Prospectus updated annually, sets out the full range of A Level and vocational subjects on offer. Our criteria for entry to the Sixth Form is published in November, leading up to the annual Sixth Form Open Evening.