All our students enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum. English, maths and science are set in Year 8 and 9 with all other subjects taught in mixed ability classes. Year 7 are currently taught in mixed ability classes across all subjects. A very high percentage of RPA students are High Prior Attainers (HPAs) so research has shown that this is the most appropriate way to structure the school to give all students the best chance of achieving positive outcomes. Within the mixed class environment, teachers differentiate work to stretch the ablest and encourage those who are having any difficulty. For Year 7 students teachers have the full incoming data set to assist them in that differentiation.

In addition to timetabled lessons, we also teach through assemblies, a PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) programme and individual mentoring. Tutor groups are organised by House so those tutees will often work together to earn house points for their house team.

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 as an option, history, geography, religious studies, physical education, music, drama, art, computing & ICT, design & technology (food technology, product design and textiles). For Key Stage 3, some subjects take place on a carousel throughout the year including drama, music and art in one group and food technology, product design and textiles in another. This is an important opportunity for students to experience everything on the curriculum before they make their all-important GCSE choices in Year 9. In both Year 8 and Year 9, there are spaces on each student’s timetable to accommodate a range of mini options. As well as the carousel options they enjoyed in Year 7, students can experiment with business studies, psychology and the academic elements of PE.

Key Stage 4: Years 10 & 11 GCSEs

Mandatory subjects: English language and English literature, maths and science. Additional choices: art, economics, computing & ICT, dance, drama, French, geography, German, history, hospitality, Latin, music, PE, product design, psychology, RS, Spanish, textiles.

Key Stage 5: Years 12 & 13 AS/A Levels

A Levels: art, biology, chemistry, creative writing, economics, English literature, French, further maths, geography, history, maths, PE, philosophy & ethics, physics, product design, psychology, Spanish.

BTECs: business studies, hospitality, performing arts, sports science, travel & tourism.

You can review curriculum overviews for each subject on this website. 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

Independent Learning Projects (ILPs)

ILPs are set in all subjects outside of English, maths and science. The project typically last for a term and encourage students to schedule their time, plan their research and deliver a well presented project at the end of the term. As well as gaining an in-depth understanding of a specific subject, students learn how to learn in the way that best suits them. It supports independent thinking and resilience. The ILPs are set in addition to standard homework in English, maths and science. ILPs for each year can be accessed in the right hand column of this page.


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 9 ( the equivalent of the A**) to 5 ( the equivalent of a C). We send reports back to parents at least twice a year depending on the year group. However, we will soon be giving parents login rights for their child on the school platform, Progresso. Parents will be able to track their child’s progress at any time.