At Ormiston Rivers Academy we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which:

  • Meets all statutory requirements at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5
  • Provides a range of appropriate courses, enabling each student to reach his/her full potential
  • Raises aspirations and maximises the achievement of all students
  • Helps students to develop personal values which enable them to show good citizenship, and provides for their personal, social, moral, cultural and spiritual development; including the active promotion of British values
  • Prepares students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life in modern Britain
  • Encourages the skills of independence, initiative, problem solving and the ability to work within teams
  • Provides the skills and guidance necessary for them to enter the world of work
  • Offers wider enrichment opportunities for students beyond the classroom

Changes to Assessment at Key Stage 3

Change to Assessment at Key Stage 3





Computer Science

Drama and performing arts

DT including food


French and Spanish


health and social care






RS and Cit final

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Years 7 and 8

In Years 7 and 8 students follow a broad curriculum, studying the following subjects:

 English  Physical Education
 Mathematics  RT
 Science  Music
 History  Drama
 Geography  Citizenship
 French  Personal Development
 Technology, which includes lessons in Food, Textiles and Resistant Materials  Religious Studies


Key Skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT are the responsibility of all staff across the curriculum.  

Students are placed in mixed ability mentor groups, but are generally set for subjects. 

Years 9-11

In Year 9 students continue a core curriculum, and start some of the options which will lead to examinations in Year 11.  Options often start with a skills development course in the first part of Year 9 before commencing their actual GCSE programmes of study during the year.  The vast majority of public examinations are undertaken at the end of Year 11.

All students take GCSEs in:

  • English
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science (the majority will do Combined Science: some do a Triple Science Option in Biology, Physics and Chemistry)

In addition they have lessons in Religious Studies Physical Education and ICT.  The Citizenship aspects of the curriculum are tracked by the Head of Religious Studies as part of her whole school brief to ensure all students make progress; the provision of ICT and Computing is tracked by the Head of ICT as part of her whole school brief to ensure all students make progress.

Option Choices include the following:

  • Humanities (either History or Geography)
  • Languages (French, Spanish or German)
  • Other choices which include a range of technology, arts and vocational subjects, including: Child Care, Art, Food, Engineering, Business Studies, Performing Arts, Music, Computer Science, Financial Studies, Construction, Tourism and Health & Social Care


The Sixth Form

In the Sixth Form, academic and vocational subjects are available at both Level 2 and Level 3, alongside a wide range of additional activities, and students are provided with individualised programmes.

  • Level 2 choices include: IMIAL Motor Vehicles, Business Administration, Extended Project
  • Level 3 choices include: CACHE Child Care; BTECs in Health/Social Care, IT, Media and Sport; A levels in Art, Music, Textiles, French, Spanish, English Literature, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Business, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, History, Geography, Food, Law, Psychology, Engineering, Sociology
  • Enrichment activities include: Football Academy, Extended Project, Keyboard Skills, and Work Experience

The Sixth Form blocking model changes every year to try to accommodate as many students’ requests as possible.