All of our students enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum. The teaching groups for each year are arranged in a way that suits the cohort based on their teacher assessment, Year 6 assessment and CATs results. In addition to their teaching groups, students are organised by mixed ability tutor groups. Tutor time includes assemblies, a PSHE (Personal Social and Health Education) programme and individual mentoring. This dual approach ensures that there is a healthy mix of interaction across each year group.

Curriculum overviews for each subject can be accessed in the right-hand column of this page. While teachers always reserve the right to have flexibility in delivering the curriculum in the way that best suits their students, we hope that you find it useful. If you have specific questions regarding an individual curriculum please contact the Subject Leader.

Key Stage 3 - Years 7,8,9

English, maths, science (which covers chemistry, biology and physics), languages (Spanish, German or, French depending on the teaching group), Latin for some groups, history, geography, religious studies, physical education, music, drama, art, computing and ICT, design and technology (food technology, resistant material and textiles) and PSHE for all of Year 7 and some classes in Year 8. Students start GCSEs in year 9 in core subjects.

Key Stage 4 - GCSEs - Years 10, 11

Mandatory subjects: English Language and English Literature, maths and science. Additional choices: art, business and economics, computing and ICT, dance, drama, French, geography, German, history, hospitality, Latin, Music, PE, product design, psychology, RS, Spanish, textiles

Key Stage 5 - AS, A’ Levels Years 12,13

A’ Levels: art, biology, chemistry, creative writing, economics, English literature, French, further mathematics, geography, history, mathematics, PE, philosophy & ethics, physics, product design, psychology, Spanish BTECs: Business, hospitality, performing arts, sports science, travel & tourism


Homework is an integral part of the curriculum at RPA. It is compulsory and, as such, there are consequences if students do not do it. The expected amount of time that students are expected to spend on homework evolves as they progress through the school. In Year 7 the expectation would be between 30-45 minutes a night. RPA uses the portal Show My Homework to help students and parents track what homework they need to do. Students also receive a student planner where they can organise their day and record their homework.

Tracking progress

Key Stage 3 students are assessed based on the 1-9 assessment system introduced by the government. When these students take their GCSEs they will be aiming for nine (equivalent of the A**) or five (equivalent of a C). RPA staff have aligned their curricula with our new assessment system, ‘Doddle’, that we will use in Years 7-9. Doddle is a quick, easy and personalised system for assessing and measuring progress. It enables us to see how children are doing against their “flight path”, to exam success in Year 11.

Year 8 students in an English lesson

Curriculum Overview