Robert May’s School Curriculum Overview 2019/20


Robert May’s School aims to provide a curriculum that inspires and motivates students of all

abilities and from all backgrounds within a safe environment where learning is broad, balanced

and varied.

“The Curriculum is broad, balanced, challenging and interesting. …the well-planned curriculum

provides pupils with a firm foundation for the next stage of their education. Pupils are encouraged

to be ambitious and strive for excellence.”

Ofsted Report 2017

Our curriculum should:

Promote excellence

Enable all students to reach or exceed their full potential

Value the development of wellbeing, self-confidence and resilience as much as academic progress

Equip all students with the knowledge, skills and independence required to follow their chosen post-16 pathway into adult life

Promote strong moral and ethical values underpinned by tolerance and respect

Create rounded individuals who will learn to help themselves, help others and help to make the world a better place


Curriculum Structure

We operate a five year curriculum. Lessons are delivered on a 1 week, 30 period cycle with 6

lessons per day. English, Maths, Science, RE, PE and PSHEE are core subjects studied by all

students throughout the school. Students are arranged in mixed ability bands in all year groups

for most subjects. Mathematics is taught in teaching groups based on ability.

There are two opportunities to choose options that suit the individual. Key Stage 3 content is

taught in years 7,8 and 9 with the final term of Year 9 being used as a preparation for GCSE or

equivalent level courses. Formal GCSE content is studied in years 10 and 11.

We believe that our curriculum at KS3 gives students the opportunity to find their strengths so

that when they choose their options for the GCSE years, they can make informed choices that

are right for them. Students make four option choices before starting their GCSE level courses.

The first option is Combined or Triple Science, with three further options which are free

choices. For the vast majority of our students at least one option comes from the EBacc group of

subjects. Students follow either a traditional academic curriculum or a more vocational one

depending on their future aspirations.

Timings of the school Day

Year 7 Overview

Year 8 Overview

Year 9 Overview

Year 10/11 Overview

Assesment Strategy for Parents 2019-20

Please navigate to the Subjects page for further information.