Events At a Glance

08/09/2020 The National School Breakfast Programme - please see Our News page
03/01/2021 HEADTEACHER LETTERS - please see Our News/Letters page: updated 03/01/2021
05/01/2021 Key Worker & Vulnerable students return to school on 05/01/2021


Our Curriculum

The curriculum that Ruskin provides includes all the subjects required in accordance with the National Curriculum.  The statutory programmes of study are an important element of the wider curriculum and establish the core entitlement for all students.

The programmes of study at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are part of the secondary curriculum as a whole, which offers the flexibility to develop Learning and Teaching relevant to individual needs and local priorities, within the national framework.  Students at Ruskin study the full range of National Curriculum subjects. From September 2016 students commenced option choices from Year 9.

Key Stage 3

English History ICT 
MathsReligious Education    Modern Foreign Languages    
Science Physical Education Art 
Technology    DancePSHCE 
Geography Music  

Key Stage 4

All students study the following subjects as part of their Core Curriculum




Religious Education

Physical Education




Option Subjects offered to students in Key Stage 4 include:

Art Food and NutritionMedia Studies
Asdan    FrenchMusic
Business Studies GeographyPE and Sports Sudies
Computer Science Hair/BeautySpanish
Dance HistoryTriple Sciences (Biology/Chemistry/Physics) 
Design & TechnologyHospitality 

Students also have opportunities to study at local colleges if courses meet their needs.

A copy of the Options Booklet outline requirements for courses offered this year (2018) can be found on the options page.

The curriculum at Ruskin at Key Stage 4 differs year on year dependent on the cohort of students.  Each year groups can have different needs and changes to the curriculum and offers are made accordingly.  For further information please read the following page.

Work Related Learning

A programme of planned activities are offered to students as part of the curriculum.  Work Experience is also offered to Key Stage 4 students for one week which:

  • Supports students in gaining the necessary employability skill
  • Increases awareness of possible progression routes
  • Improves motivation and self-confidence
  • Allows students to achieve economic well-being and become responsible citizens

Roles and Responsibilities of Teaching Staff

A high quality curriculum requires teaching staff to deliver outstanding lessons that improve student outcomes.  Teachers must therefore:

1.         Deliver the curriculum effectively.

2.         Demonstrate a critical understanding of developments in the subject and curricular areas.

3.         Have a secure knowledge of their subject and ensure lessons taught are of a high quality.

4.         Be able to captivate the students by relating learning to everyday life.