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Sir William Ramsay School

Empowering Everyone to Achieve



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All students in Year 7 to Year 11 receive a broad, balanced, relevant and coherent curriculum. We strive to equip each student with the necessary intellectual, physical, cultural, emotional and moral skills and attitudes to enable them to face the adult world with confidence and honesty.

The school day is divided into 5 one hour lessons.  We operate a two week timetable providing 50 periods in a two-week cycle.

Each year the school and Governors review the curriculum offered at Key Stages.  The outcome of each review is to ensure that the range of courses reflects the needs of students and follows National Curriculum requirements. A recent review has resulted in a new course being developed for Y8 students to support the needs of the kinaesthetic learner.

Key Stage 3

In addition to English, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, Religious Education and PSHCE all students study at least one Modern Foreign Language, History, Geography, Drama, Art & Design, Information Technology, Music and Design & Technology. 

Please click here to view the Year 9 Pathways prospectus.
Please click here to view Year 9 Pathways Evening 2017 Powerpoint

Key Stage 4

Students are able to follow up to ten subjects at GCSE or the equivalent level.  A range of vocational courses are available to all students.  During Year 9 a consultation exercise between student, parents, teaching staff and the tutor ensures that a more individualised curriculum is chosen which best reflects the student’s ability, aptitude and interests. 

All students follow English, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, Philosophy and Ethics, and an Arts based course.  A wide range of options courses can be followed including:

GCSE Additional Science

GCSE Art & Design

GCSE Art Graphic Communication

GCSE Art Photography

GCSE Computer Science

GCSE Dance

GCSE Design & Technology: Food

GCSE Design & Technology: Textiles

GCSE Drama

GCSE English Language

GCSE English Literature

GCSE French

GCSE Geography B

GCSE History B

GCSE Mathematics


GCSE Religious Studies B

GCSE Science A

GCSE Science Triple Award

 GCSE Spanish

BTEC Application of Science First Award

BTEC Principles of Applied Science First Award

BTEC Business First Award

BTEC Engineering First Award

BTEC Health and Social Care First Award

BTEC Home Cooking Skills Award

BTEC Information & Creative Technology First Award

BTEC Creative Digital Media Production First Award

BTEC Music First Award

BTEC Performing Arts (Acting) First Award

BTEC Performing Arts (Dance) First Award

BTEC Personal and Social Development Award

NVQ Beauty Therapy & Hairdressing Certificate