At Outwood Academy Ripon we have embraced the Personalising Learning agenda and feel very strongly that curriculum design and redesign has a major part to play in the meeting of students’ needs. We have tried to provide opportunities for ‘assessment when ready’ and choice, flexibility and progression are key elements of our curriculum offer. We see the curriculum as the building blocks on which good teaching and learning can take place.
Ofsted (March 2012) said of Outwood Academy Ripon’s Curriculum:
“The curriculum is broad, balanced and flexible to students’ needs and interests. Sixth-formers, for example, value the variety of academic and vocational courses on offer in such a small setting. The curriculum has a good impact on students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, demonstrated in the outstanding assembly on students’ support for others less fortunate than themselves.”
There is a broad range of subjects including English, maths, science, technology and design, French, drama, life skills, geography, history, music, religious studies, art, ICT and PE.
Students graduate into KS4 at the end of Year 8 provided that their effort has been satisfactory during KS3. All students graduating from year 8 are encouraged to take part in the Outward Bound residential which takes place at the start of Year 9.
Students study English, maths, science, PE, Life Skills (including Religious Studies) and ICT (Year 9 only). Students are asked to choose three GCSE subjects from French, history, geography and triple or dual award science. Further options can also be chosen from a broad mixture of accredited and non-accredited (enrichment) courses, with some mixed age teaching groups. Options in science include separate and vocational science courses. There are also opportunities for students to have extra ‘booster’ time for English and/or Maths.
A broad range of level 3 courses allow progression from KS4. Vocational and academic courses are available including facilitating subjects required for access to courses at university.