Rivermead School
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Academic Overview

Academic Overview

Our curriculum challenges and extends our learners, enabling them to develop both their personal and their academic skills and knowledge. Our investment in excellent resources and staff development has supported our continuing development and ensured that our curriculum is of the highest quality.

In consequence of the tireless efforts of our committed staff and governing body we have been rewarded with consistently good achievement among our learners. Our learners often achieve successes that neither they nor their families would ever have thought possible. Their outcomes show huge progress from their starting points and we are proud of their achievements which, by the end of Key Stage 4, range from success at entry and foundation level through to 5 or more GCSEs at ‘A* – C’. All of our learners achieve public examinations as well as developing personal and practical skills to prepare them for independence, adult life and the world of work.

In order to achieve this we:

  • provide a stimulating environment conducive to learning in which learners feel safe to try and to believe they can
  • work closely with parents/carers as partners
  • collaborate with professionals from other agencies to ensure that the development of the whole child is considered
  • are committed to providing equal opportunities and access for all our learners and wherever possible the opportunity to learn alongside their peers
  • use ICT to enhance learning
  • provide opportunities for learners to take responsibility for their own learning
  • enrich and extend the curriculum by making visits to and receiving visitors from our local community
  • praise, encourage and celebrate success
  • ensure continuity and progression through assessment
  • provide opportunities for learners to undertake a range of public examinations including GCSE
  • where learners have a short or medium-term outreach placement with the school we liaise with learners’ Home Schools and endeavour to work in close partnership to deliver a curriculum that will support successful achievement

Curriculum Updates

September 2015

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland. Ofqual is a non-ministerial department.

Ofqual have produced some ‘postcards’ regarding the proposed changes to the GCSE system and curriculum. To see the information presented on the postcards, please visit www.gov.uk/government/publications/your-qualification-our-regulation-gcse-as-and-a-level-reforms