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.



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, Combined Science – Trilogy, Core PE/Recreation, RE, Citizenship, Health Education and Careers as well as an arts options and three further options subjects that include:-

  • BTEC Dance
  • BTEC First in Business (Year 10)
  • BTEC First in Performing Arts (Dance) (Year 10 and 11)
  • BTEC Music Technology
  • GCSE Art Graphics
  • GCSE Art Textiles
  • GCSE Business Studies (Year 11)
  • GCSE Catering
  • GCSE Combined Science – Trilogy  
  • GCSE Computer Science
  • GCSE Cooking and Nutrition
  • GCSE Drama
  • GCSE DT Resistant Materials
  • GCSE DT Textiles
  • GCSE Fine Art
  • GCSE Food and Nutrition (Year 10 and 11)
  • GCSE French
  • GCSE Geography
  • GCSE German
  • GCSE History
  • GCSE ICT (Year 11)
  • GCSE Media Arts
  • GCSE Music
  • GCSE Photography
  • GCSE Sociology
  • GCSE Sociology (Year 11)
  • GCSE Spanish
  • GSCE Business Studies
  • GSCE Separate Science
  • L2 Award in Constructing the built environment
  • L2 CIDA (ICT) (Year 9 and 10)
  • NCFE Music Technology (Year 10 and 11)
  • Technical Award in Business Enterprise (Year 9)
  • Technical Award in Digital Media (Year 9)
  • Technical Award in Fashion and Textiles (Year 9)
  • Technical Award in Food and Catering (Year 9)
  • Technical Award in Performing Arts (Dance) (Year 9)

In 2017/18 six 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. 


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.