Rainhill offers a range of pathways at KS3, KS4 and KS5. Students follow different pathways to ensure that they receive the right amount of support or challenge best suited to them. The Curriculum aims to allow all students to study a broad and balanced curriculum that allows each individual to achieve at the highest level.

Summary

KS3

Year 7 Students are set for Mathematics and English based on their KS2 exam performance in these subjects. All literacy heavy subjects are grouped by English set i.e. History, Geography, RE, French and Citizenship. Science, Art, Music, Technology and Drama are grouped by Mathematics set. PE is based on half-year groups and split into gender-specific classes. Any student who arrives in Year 7 below the expected level of literacy will receive help and support through our literacy intervention programme on either a one-to-one or small group basis.

Y8 students are grouped as above based on their English or Mathematics set. For our most able students a second language is studied, for others there is either additional English or literacy support lessons.

3 Year KS4

The Core Curriculum comprises of GCSEs in English Language, English Literature, Maths, Core and Additional Sciences (for Year 11) or Combined Science (Year 9 and Year 10), Core GCSE or BTEC PE (for Year 11 only), Core PE/Recreation, RE, Citizenship, Health Education and Careers as well as an arts options and three further options subjects that include:-

  • GCSE Media Arts
  • GCSE Drama
  • GCSE Art Textiles
  • GCSE Fine Art
  • GCSE Photography
  • GCSE Art Graphics
  • GCSE Music
  • GCSE Computer Science
  • GCSE History
  • GCSE Geography
  • GCSE French
  • GCSE Spanish
  • GCSE German
  • GCSE DT Textiles
  • GCSE DT Resistant Materials
  • GCSE Sociology
  • GSCE Separate Science
  • GSCE Business Studies
  • GCSE ICT (Year 10 and Year 11)

  • GCSE ICT
  • GCSE RE
  • GCSE Catering
  • GCSE Cooking and Nutrition (Year 9 and Year 10)

  • GCSE PE (Year 9 and Year 10)

  • BTEC Dance
  • BTEC Music Technology
  • OCR ICT (Year 9)

In 2015/16 five pathways have been offered on the basis of current performance as well as student preferences. All pathways include an arts option in line with the school's Media Arts College Status. The pathways are as follows in current year 9

Single Science EBacc.
EBACC Pathway.
GCSE that includes either History or a language in line with Best 8 Measure.
LFC which for some has a reduced number of courses to fit around the training commitments of individuals and possible early entry.
A vocational route for those looking to move into training and apprenticeship programmes post 16. 

KS5

The curriculum post 16 offers 3 pathways and allows students to follow an academic, mixed or vocational programme best suited to their ability and aspirations post 18. For those who have not yet achieved a C in English and /or maths this is included in their studies.