We offer a broad and balanced curriculum which both prepares students for their future and enables them to develop their passions.

 

Year 7 and 8 students follow the same curriculum, designed to consolidate, develop and support their learning so all achieve their best.  Read more.

KEY STAGE 3


In Years 9 to 11, students study an individualised curriculum made up of a core curriculum, and optional choices. We are proud to offer a very broad range of subjects to allow students to follow their individual interests. Read more.

KEY STAGE 4


Key Stage 5

At Ryburn Sixth, we offer a wide range of traditional, creative and vocational courses. To find out more, see our prospectus.


Our subjects

Coming soon - profiles of our subject departments.

If you would like to know more about our approach or programmes of study, please contact us and ask to speak to the relevant Head of Department. You could also come to our annual Open Evening or our Sixth Form Open Evening, where teachers from all subjects will be on hand to speak to you.

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is broad and balanced. It sets a strong foundation for learning, and allows students to explore and develop their interests.

 
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A Shared CURRICULUM

Students in Year 7 and 8 follow the same curriculum. This is taught over a two-week timetable with 25 hours of lessons each week.

The timetable includes 6 hours each of English, Maths and Science. There are 4 hours each of PE, History, Geography, Technology and a Modern Foreign Language: French, German or Spanish. And there are 2 hours each of Music, Drama, Art, ICT / Computing, PSHCE and Religious Studies.

Ryburn follows the National Curriculum, as set out by the Department for Education.


Extra support

We give extra support in Maths and Literacy for those who start Ryburn working below the expected standard.

We make sure everyone has the basics in place to enable them to access the opportunities school brings.

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CHoosing your options

During the Spring Term of Year 8, students choose options for study at GCSE. We offer support to students and families to help you to make the right choice for you. The options available each year are subject to change.


We encourage students at Ryburn to be well-rounded individuals, and there are a huge range of opportunities outside of the curriculum which offer rich opportunities for learning and self-development. From sports to drama productionsstudent leadership to expeditions, we encourage you to explore what's on offer.

"The school offers a very wide range of courses at Key Stage 4, particularly reflecting its specialism in the media arts. This promotes students’ achievement well because they are able to pursue their individual interests."

- Ofsted 2013

 
 
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A WIDE RANGE OF courseS

Students study a core curriculum, and a four individually chosen options, which are decided in Year 8 and run subject to demand.


CORE SUBJECTS

Students study the core subjects of English Language / Literature, Mathematics, Science (Dual or Triple Award), Physical Education, Philosophy and Ethics, and ICT Skills (Years 9 and 10 only). 

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CAREERS

We care about our students far beyond their time at Ryburn. Hilary Fletcher and Suzanne Impagliazzo are Ryburn Valley High School’s C&K Careers Advisers and provide a valuable service supporting students with their decision making, especially regarding their options and future progression.

All Year 11 students will automatically receive an interview with either Hilary or Suzanne.  Parents are invited to be part of the guidance process and upon request and are welcome into school.

Lunchtime drop-in sessions are held for all 13-19 year olds in the Careers Room in the LRC from 1:30pm –2pm, with additional guidance sessions for sixth form.


We encourage students at Ryburn to be well-rounded individuals, and there are a huge range of opportunities outside of the curriculum which offer rich opportunities for learning and self-development. From sports to drama productions, student leadership to expeditions, we encourage you to explore what's on offer.