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Our Curriculum is designed to provide students with a broad, balanced and flexible programme of study, enabling each and every girl to become a successful learner, confident individual and responsible citizen. We believe our curriculum gives every student the challenge and motivation to develop her individual abilities and talents to the full. Ricards’ girls study in an atmosphere that celebrates and rewards success. Our rewards system recognises academic excellence as well as good conduct, good citizenship, effort and improvement

DfE Performance Table


Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, girls follow a common curriculum:

  • English / Maths / Science
  • Technology (Resistant Materials / Food / Textiles / Graphics / Computing)
  • Modern Foreign Languages (French or Spanish dependant on preference, with students in our top Learning Groups also studying German)
  • History / Geography / Religious Education
  • Creative Arts (Art / Drama / Music /Dance)
  • Physical Education
  • Personal, Social Education (PSE), Careers & Citizenship

Students complete their lessons in a variety of groups – 

  • Learning Groups – structured based on attainment at KS2 for most subjects (In Year 7 – English, Science, Technology, Languages, History, Geography, RE, Art, Drama, Dance, Music, PE.
  • Mixed ability Tutor Groups – for am and pm registrations and PSE lessons with their tutor or member of the PSE teacher team.
  • Smaller groups for Technology classes to enable high quality practical work.
  • Sets in Maths from year 7, then in English and Science from Year 8

KS3 High Frequency Keywords

 Key Stage 3 High Frequency Words Booklet

Ricards Lodge Key Stage 3 Curriculum Maps for all subjects

Art, Computing, Dance, Design and Technology, Drama, English, French, Geography, German, History, Mathematics, Music, PE, PSHEReligious Studies, Science, Spanish

National Curriculum England

New programmes of study

Art | Citizenship | Design & Technology | English | Geography | History | Languages | Mathematics | Music | Physical Education | Science

KS3 Aspirations Evening 2016/17

 Year 8: “Success doesn’t come to you, you go to it”
 Year 7: “Welcome to Yr7 Aspirations Evening”
 Year 7 PGL Trip

KS3 Aspirations Evening 2015/16

 Year 9 Aspirations Evening

 Year 8 Aspirations Evening

 Year 7 Aspirations Evening – Ms Simmons’ presentation
 Year 7 Aspirations Evening – Ms Hodge’s presentation
 New Intake Evening Presentation for parents

Catch-up Premium

 Catch-up Premium Report

Year 7 & 8 suggested reading by level

 Year 7 Level 4
 Year 7 Level 5
 Year 7 Level 5+
 Year 7 Level 5+/6
 Year 8 Level 4
 Year 8 Level 5
 Year 8 Level 5+

Key Stage 4

In line with the National Curriculum and school policy we have a common core of subjects which everyone studies – Maths, English (Language and Literature or Combined English), at least one GCSE or BTEC in Science, PSE, RE and PE.

Students who achieve our entry criteria  in English, Mathematics and Science in Year 9, will have an extended core that includes either Additional Science GCSE or Triple Sciences (GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics), either GCSE History or GCSE Geography and a GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language (French, German or Spanish).

Other pathways are available which include increased lesson time in English, Maths and Science and which allow students to study from a wide range of subjects, either GCSEs and / or BTECs. Students should aim to choose subjects which give them a broad and balanced curriculum.

 Key Stage 4 Learning Guide for current Yr10

 Year 10-11 Course Information for current Yr10

Year 9 into Year 10 Progression

 Presentation for parents on Key Stage 4 Progression

 Key Stage 4 Progression Booklet

KS4 Aspirations Evening

 Welcome to Year 10 Aspiration Evening

Year 11

 Main Hall Aspirations Evening Year 11

Year 11 Aspirations Evening Workshop Presentations

 Healthcare Careers
 Careers Workshop
 Schools Apprenticeship
 Why study Music
 Choices at 16
 Studying Languages
 English Literature


Key Stage 5

Most Year 11 students at Ricards Lodge choose to apply for a place at our joint sixth form with Rutlish School – RR6.

Details of the current curriculum offer of A’ Levels and BTEC courses can be found on our school website:  ricardslodge.merton.sch.uk/rr6

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