Curriculum Overview

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Curriculum Intent

Dean Trust Rose Bridge is proud to offer a traditional and inclusive curriculum. The curriculum has been carefully designed to match the abilities, interests and aspirations of pupils, to fulfill the ambitions of parents/carers for their children and to meet with the requirements of further education providers and employers. Curriculum content across subjects is primarily knowledge based and is increasingly designed to build on the findings from cognitive scientific research.

Dean Trust Rose Bridge curriculum is broad and balanced. The school operates a traditional three year Key Stage 3 and two year Key Stage 4. There is no early entry for the core GCSE qualifications. All pupils sit linear examinations at the end of Year 11.

Key Stage 4

The majority of pupils follow the English Baccalaureate pathway at Key Stage 4.

The English Baccalaureate comprises the following GCSE subjects:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Combined Science or 3 Separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • History
  • Geography
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Computer Science

In addition to the EBACC subjects, pupils also have the opportunity to study two subjects from the following list:

  • Astronomy
  • Art and Design
  • Business Studies
  • Child Development
  • Design and Technology
  • Dance
  • Digital Applications
  • Drama
  • Film Studies*
  • Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Health and Social Care
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology*
  • Sports Studies

*Subject to availability

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum

The Key Stage 3 curriculum offers variety, creativity and challenge. It fully prepares our pupils for Key Stage 4 and beyond. A common Year 7 curriculum is being developed across the Dean Trust secondary schools in 2018 which builds on the Assessment Objectives from Key Stage 2. The main emphasis of the curriculum lies with the core subjects of English, mathematics and science and there is also a very real focus on the humanities subjects and Modern Foreign Languages. Pupils also study a wide range of technology and expressive arts subjects during Key Stage 3 as well as Physical Education and Personal and Social Education.


Homework is seen as a very important tool to consolidate learning in class and to encourage further progress. All subject areas are expected to set homework once a week. In certain subject areas, such as within Expressive Arts, a project might last over a number of weeks. Our homework timetable can be downloaded from here.

Special Educational Needs

Dean Trust Rose Bridge is a very inclusive school and children with a wide range of special needs are very successfully included in our mainstream setting, with effective support appropriately targeted to them. For more information on the support we offer our SEND pupils, please contact Mrs Kelly, Assistant Headteacher.

If you would like to discuss any of the above information in more detail, please contact Miss Cropper, Deputy Headteacher.


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