Rye College views knowledge acquisition as life transforming. Each subject area has shaped their curriculum to empower all our children with rich, deep and powerful knowledge essential for creating their bright futures. Building upon our understanding of cognitive development and the principles of instruction, our curricula secure the development and retention of deep and powerful knowledge through a challenging exploration of the best that has been thought and said. Furthermore, we value a word rich environment wherein explicit teaching of vocabulary enhances all students’ learning and their access to the curriculum. 

Our curriculum offer is simple: broad and balanced with an academic core through which all students can study at least one arts qualification.  


It combines a foundation in the national curriculum subjects, a focus on academic achievement in English, Mathematics and science with a broader offer of suitable academic, vocational or technical qualifications. In recent years, our students have found much success in the creative arts – and this is a commitment we see in our curriculum offer for the next academic year.  

Our new curriculum pathways are designed to increase the number of students entered for English Baccalaureate subjects such as the three sciences, humanities and French as well as offering all students the opportunity to study a complementary subject – currently more often than not, in the arts.  

Years 7 and 8 are focused on youngsters becoming ‘good learners across a range of subjects’ so that by the time we consider curriculum options in Years 9 and 10 students have a core body of knowledge and skills, an understanding of their qualification choices and are prepared for success in public exams at the end of Year 11.  

  • Rye College views knowledge acquisition as life transforming. Therefore, our curriculum:  

  • Reflects the importance of closing the attainment gap in English and Maths;  

  • Creates a passion for reading through the promotion of engaging high-quality literature;  

  • Is knowledge rich to ensure equity regardless of socio-economic status or ability;  

  • Provides a coherent curriculum offer through all the Rye settings;  

  • Includes opportunities to draw upon unique links within the local community;  

  • Draws upon the rich history and geographical location in which the school is placed.  

  • If you require additional information about what we teach, contact the appropriate subject teacher through office@ryecollege.co.uk

Curriculum Content

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Overview

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