All-Through School Curriculum (Ages 4-18)
Whole School Curriculum Vision
At Roundhay our curriculum is designed to inspire within pupils an inherent love of learning. Through lessons and engagement in wider school life we support, develop and challenge pupils to be responsible, resilient, ready to learn and ultimately, ‘Recognisably Roundhay’.
During the primary phase of their education, we ensure that children are fit and ready for their future through developing their understanding of our six core values, mastering the fundamental knowledge and skills of our curriculum and weaving Oracy, Literacy and Language throughout everything that we do. This ensures that children are ready to progress to the Secondary campus by the time they finish Year 6.
Building upon these foundations, the knowledge rich Secondary phase of our curriculum draws on the best that has been thought, said, created and discovered throughout history providing pupils with the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful learners in the 21st century.
We are determined that all pupils will achieve their academic and personal potential and are prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences life offers.
At the Primary Campus, our curriculum is carefully designed, implemented and reviewed to ensure that our core values are LIVED through everything that we do within and across our school. We strive for excellence on a daily basis to ensure that children are responsible, resilient and ready for their next chapter at Roundhay. Building upon our core values, we ensure that we develop children’s strength of character by designing our curriculum around key themes (UN Sustainability Goals), which supports children’s global development, whilst also allowing children to make meaningful connections within and across our curriculum. Wider curriculum subjects are linked to core values and key themes, with some subjects being blocked throughout the year to allow children to explore concepts, ideas and events in real depth. We use language rich, core texts as a vehicle to deliver our curriculum and to support our children in mastering the key knowledge and skills required – each subject has carefully crafted progression documents and implementation guides to support the delivery of our curriculum. Weaved throughout our whole curriculum are the golden threads of oracy, literacy and language as we know these are essential elements of the primary curriculum that children need to master.
Through building upon our core values, mastering key knowledge and skills and weaving oracy, literacy and language throughout our whole curriculum, we ensure that children are fit and ready for their future beyond the primary campus.
For more information, please visit the Primary Campus curriculum page.
Our broad and balanced Key Stage 3 curriculum revises and develops on the content and skills covered in Key Stage 1 and 2 as well as preparing the pupils for Key Stage 4 and beyond.
In Year 7 and 8 pupils are generally taught in mixed ability form groups. All pupils cover the National Curriculum and they will all study either French or Spanish with a cohort of dual linguists doing both languages in year 8.
At Roundhay we pride ourselves in doing what is right for the pupil and our curriculum ensures pupils embed solid foundations for their future studies. This becomes more bespoke in year 9, as pupils transition from KS3 to KS4, to ensure pupils have the best chance of reaching their potential.
The year 9 timetable features a carousel of 6 of the following subjects based on pupil preferences: Art; Catering and Food; Drama; Media and Film; Product Design; Business and Enterprise; Computing and IT; Health and Social Care; Music; Textiles. Through this programme pupils maintain a broad curriculum with the opportunity to immerse themselves in a wider variety of subjects that they may be considering for KS4. This enables them to make more appropriate decisions about which subjects to study at KS4. This model offers the opportunity to go beyond the scope of the National Curriculum and because of the experiences it offers we have seen a rise in the number of girls choosing subjects such as Computing whilst there has also been a rise in boys choosing subjects such as Health and Social Care.
The option pathways towards the end of year 9 guide pupils in choosing their KS4 subjects but we strive to maintain flexibility. Individual conversations with pupils will often lead to even more bespoke programmes, taking into account the pupils’ particular passions and aptitude.
The Key Stage 4 curriculum is underpinned by the studying of the EBACC subjects (English, Mathematics, Science, a humanity and a Modern Foreign Language). Our ambition is that the vast majority of students will study each of these elements throughout Key Stage 4, though we accept it may not be suitable for everyone. Outside of the core curriculum (which also includes PE and PSHE), pupils are offered a range of courses. Which courses are on offer depends on the Pathway the pupils are on.
The Red Pathway (approximately 30% of pupils) offers pupils the opportunity to complete a GCSE course in year 10 and then use their gained time in year 11 to undertake independent study, supervised by a member of teaching staff. Pupils on this pathway need to have demonstrated that they are consistently Ready to Learn and will therefore take full advantage of the opportunities on offer.
The Orange, Yellow, Blue and Green pathways (approximately 50% of pupils) give pupils the opportunity to study a range of qualifications, all of which will be completed at the end of year 11. Pupils on the green pathway also receive extra support in English, Mathematics and Science with the aim of ensuring that they are fully prepared for the demands of Year 11.
Our Indigo and Violet pathways (approximately 20% of pupils) are for students who have started a qualification in year 9 which will be finished in year 10. In year 11 these pupils will receive extra support in English, Mathematics and Science, which will hopefully enable them to achieve the grades they require to move into our Sixth form or another Post-16 provider.
Within each pathway we aim to guide pupils onto courses which we are confident they will be successful in and which will ultimately enable them to progress onto Post-16 study either at our Sixth Form or another provider.
Whilst the pathway system is designed to guide pupils into making appropriate choices, we accept that for some pupils a more bespoke programme is needed. This may involve the studying of multiple humanities or more than one language. It may also involve selecting a subject that is not available on their pathway. In each case, we review the choices made at an individual level to ensure that the overall programme is both enjoyable and ambitious for every pupil.
At Roundhay, our Sixth Form experience aims to inspire you to be the best you can be.
Our curriculum offers high academic challenge within a very supportive environment, where students become independent learners who are responsible, resilient and ready to learn. Beyond the classroom students are encouraged to develop employability skills and be ambitious for their future career.
The Sixth Form curriculum is ambitious for all students. It builds on the knowledge and skills of KS4 and stretches students to prepare them fully for future success. Students join us from varying starting points and must meet the academic entry requirements of each course as published in our latest prospectus.
We offer a broad range of A level courses and level 3 vocational courses. All students are additionally offered the opportunity to study the Extended Project Qualification and Core Maths. The entry requirements for all courses includes grade 4 in both Maths and English Language, however we run a resit opportunity for students who may wish to improve their grade.
Progression is equally supported by our Enrichment programme and the range of experiences and opportunities provided to develop students’ career choices. This allows students to develop broader skills, including character and confidence that remain a priority at KS5. Through enrichment sessions we explore how to become a successful independent learner, health and well-being, preparation for life in modern Britain and an extensive programme to support progression to university or employment.
As part of the KS5 curriculum, all Sixth Form students take part in our Community Engagement Programme; supporting an activity within the Roundhay community. We offer various activities in school including a Paired Reading Scheme, In-Class Support, Academic Mentoring and opportunities for Sports Leaders, Creative Performing Arts and opportunities at our Primary Campus.
The final aspect of the KS5 curriculum is one week of work experience that is offered to all Y12 students in the summer term of Y12.
- BTEC Business and Enterprise
- Careers Enrichment and Engagement
- Child Development
- Design Technology
- Film Studies
- Health & Social Care
- Media Studies
- Modern Foreign Languages
- Travel and Tourism