Learning & Teaching

At The Rawlett School we are proud to offer a curriculum that is well balanced, relevant and although based on the National Curriculum not limited by it.

We recognise the importance of reading and have a dedicated reading time each day, when the school stops and reads silently together.  In addition to this all students in Years 7 to 9 have dedicated library lessons. They are also enrolled on the Accelerated Reading scheme, which allows their English teacher to monitor and support their reading progress.

In Key Stage Three all students have discrete lessons in Art, Citizenship, Design and Technology, English, French or German, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, Performing Arts - Drama, Performing Arts – Music, Philosophy and Ethics (RE), Physical Education (PE) and Science.  A small number of students also have additional literacy or numeracy booster lessons.

In Key Stage Four all students follow a core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Philosophy and Ethics, Science and PE.  They take additional options from a range of courses.  We take an individual approach to the English Baccalaureate, encouraging but not forcing students to take the required courses.  Details of our curriculum offer, including the exam board specifications, for Years 10 and 11 are published to parents in Year 9 each February.  Please follow this link to our most recent KS4 Curriculum Offer booklet KS4 Curriculum Options Booklet 2017-19

Our Philosophy and Ethics curriculum has been developed from the Staffordshire Agreed Syllabus and aims to promote the spiritual, moral and social development of our students and the awareness and understanding of different cultures.  At Key Stage Four all students are prepared to sit a GCSE in Philosophy and Ethics in May/June of Year 10.

In additional to a rigorous approach to supporting our students to achieve the highest standard in GCSE and other qualifications, we also recognise the importance of supporting them to develop their emotional and physical well-being.  PSHE topics are delivered through the regular curriculum and a number of focus days during the year.  On focus days we collapse our normal timetable to allow students to learn about a particular emotional, personal or economic well-being topic in depth.

At Key Stage 3 progress is measured against a series of key ‘I can’ statements that we are developing to describe age appropriate expectations.  For further details of what is taught in each subject, including the subject specific ‘I can’ statements, please look on the appropriate subject pages.  If you would like any further information regarding any subject please contact the subject leader directly or via reception@rawlettschool.org.


Mr R Johnson

Deputy Headteacher