To enable students to fulfill academic and personal potential, our curriculum has been carefully constructed by middle leaders and senior leaders to offer students a real breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding. The redesigning of our curriculum began in March 2018. All subjects are taught in year 7, 8, and 9 as we believe that it is important that students fully benefit from a wide range of subjects and a foundation of knowledge before they embark on GCSEs in year 10 and 11. Our knowledge rich curriculum means that students are taught the fundamental knowledge to be successful in a way that enables them to retain and apply key information. Knowledge organisers are used to summarise key points and help students practice, revise and retrieve key information. Our mixed ability groupings ensure curriculum equity, as all students are taught the same demanding content with different strategies implemented so all can access the best learning and flourish. By using the best educational research, teachers support all learners. At Redmoor, you will find our students making excellent progress, whilst also enjoying engaging, creative and knowledge based lessons.
Our Core Timetable
At Redmoor Academy we see literacy as being of vital importance to the academic progress and good self-esteem of our students. Competency in literacy is the single biggest factor leading to academic success and future prosperity.
All teachers in each curriculum area, place a high value on reading, oracy, accuracy in written work and vocabulary, especially in preparation for GCSE. Furthermore, we also encourage students to read for information and, equally importantly, for pleasure.
All students in Year 7 and 8 at Redmoor have a weekly lesson dedicated to improving their literacy skills. Students extend their vocabulary, learn the etymology of words and practise their reading and oracy skills for a range of purposes. Students’ reading for pleasure is closely monitored and teachers take time to encourage and guide pupils towards more varied and challenging fiction choices and reward pupils for reading widely.
In addition to this, selected students from Year 9 also have the opportunity to improve their literacy skills in small group sessions. These are carefully tailored to the individual needs of the students and are designed to prepare them for the literacy challenges of GCSE.
All students at Redmoor have a KS3 or KS4 suggested reading list. It is a very comprehensive list of recommended fiction for teenagers and includes books from many genres to suit all tastes. It is regularly re-published to ensure it reflects the latest books. It contains a simple guide to the complexity or suitability of the books for different types of readers. Details of this can be found in the Library information section of the website.
Many students at Redmoor also become part of a book club group for several weeks of the year. Book Club sessions are designed to inspire the students to develop a love of reading through the sharing texts in a relaxed environment with an adult to guide them.
High Achieving Students
At Redmoor we provide a curriculum that challenges all students to help them reach their full potential. Through this, students develop vital skills that they need both in and outside of the classroom such as resilience, independence and confidence. High achieving students are identified at Redmoor not only through their prior attainment but also their ability and potential identified by teaching staff. Within lessons teachers ensure these identified students are stretched through the use of our knowledge organisers and implementing Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction. All Key Stage 3 students can challenge themselves at home by using the Acceleration Through Depth page of their knowledge organiser. This has a number of tasks designed for each subject that will deepen students’ learning.
Our high achieving Key Stage 3 students have the opportunity to apply for a position within ‘Redmoor’s Brilliant Club’. This club is partnered with The Brilliant Club, a charity whose aim is to increase the number of pupils from underrepresented backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities. Through this partnership we run ‘The Scholars Programme’. This is an opportunity for high achieving students to gain the knowledge, skills and ambition needed to help them secure places at top universities. Successful students work with a PhD tutor, someone studying for their third degree and who is a world class researcher. Students attend six university-style tutorials with their PhD tutor studying a ‘super-curricular’ topic related to the PhD tutor’s area of expertise. The Scholars Programme is designed to give students a university experience and includes two trips to highly selective universities.
Key Stage 4 students who have been identified as high achievers have the opportunity to take their learning further in both English and Math. High achievers are able to attend Beyond English. This is a seminar style P6 lesson that develops their critical thinking skills. Students discuss resources such as articles and journals that give them a deeper understanding of the wider contextual knowledge related to their GCSE texts. All KS4 high achieving students have one lesson a week of Further Maths. This is a great opportunity during their curriculum that provides that step between GCSE and A-Level Maths, helping students to develop their understanding of mathematical concepts and problem solving skills.
Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development
We embed SMSC across all of the curriculum and in everything we do at Redmoor from trips and visits to speakers in school and discussion in our PSHCE and curriculum lessons. We observe specific spiritual and cultural dates within our assembly and form time programme. All students have a tutor session every week where they have an SMSC session that includes current events particularly relevant to the UK and the wider world incorporating a thought of the week.
The Redmoor DNA
Positive Attitude Leads to Excellence
The Redmoor DNA is comprised of seven core character traits that we expect all Redmoor Academy students to develop, refine and exhibit each day during their five years of study. Our students collectively created the Redmoor DNA and they strive to demonstrate its values in all that they say and do.
The character development at the heart of the Redmoor DNA is underpinned by the school’s ethos and values. We want our students to possess the resilience and determination of character to fulfill their academic potential, now and in their education beyond our school’s doors. We also want to support our students in becoming kind, responsible and empathetic people who thrive at Redmoor and in their future lives. We believe that developing the Redmoor DNA will allow our students to flourish as confident young people.
We encourage all of our students to show the Redmoor DNA in our classrooms and corridors, and by taking part in our rich calendar of house initiatives, competitions and enrichment opportunities. Whenever our students demonstrate the excellent attitude the Redmoor DNA demands, whether this means obtaining an outstanding school report or showing leadership on the football pitch, they are rewarded with house point awards.
Our House System
Every student is a member of a house tutor group for the five years of their education at Redmoor Academy. There are six houses (with seven currently in Year 11) and all are named after types of trees: Ash, Elm, Oak, Maple, Poplar, Willow and Yew.
We are proud to have a house system which:
- Develops our students’ sense of loyalty and allegiance to their house
- Increases community cohesion
- Provides increased opportunities for competition, both within year groups and collectively across whole school houses
- Incentivises our students to work hard and think hard in their lessons and in their independent studies
- Nurtures an increased sense of respect and responsibility for the value of teamwork
- Promotes student leadership during house competitions
- Develops leadership skills for the KS3 students who work as house representatives and the Year 10 and Year 11 students who work in the roles of House Captains
- Develops students’ personal and social skills
- Teaches our students the value of hard work and application
Our students collect house points throughout the academic year. These are awarded to students who demonstrate the attributes of the Redmoor DNA – whether that be through their academic work, their extra-curricular activities or their contributions to our school community. We award house points when students: participate in class; produce excellent homework; attend extra-curricular activities; contribute to their school community; achieve outstanding school reports or demonstrate kindness – among many other things!
Every point earned is added to each student’s individual total, opening up a plethora of rewards and opportunities. For example, each fortnight the two highest house points earners are rewarded and celebrated. Students collect points to work towards their Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond and Platinum house awards and are again rewarded when they hit each benchmark. Finally, each student also has the opportunity to earn a free place on an end of year trip (for our top 40 house points collectors across all year groups). Every one of the points gained also counts towards students’ overall house totals too.
At a house level, students can also earn points and develop their Redmoor DNA by participating in a rich calendar of competitions, whether that be playing other houses at benchball or competing to create the longest paper chains. Students work on their physical fitness by taking part in our school Sports Day and join together to raise awareness of important issues locally, nationally and internationally. Houses within each year group compete to win the house cup and houses across the school compete to win the Redmoor Academy Shield.
Redmoor’s Student Voice
At Redmoor Academy we have a strong ethos of student leadership and all students have the opportunity to join the Student Voice. Being a part of this body helps our students to improve their understanding of democracy and the rule of law and to develop their moral and social skills. They’re given experiences which grow their confidence, increase their skills and encourage teamwork. All Student Voice members actively seek to promote and model the values of the Redmoor DNA in all that they do.
Led by the Year 11 Student President and Vice President, the Student Voice team is currently comprised of over thirty students from across both key stages who have been democratically elected by their peers. In our system we have:
- A Student President and Vice President (elected from the Year 11 cohort)
- A House Captain for each house in Year 10 and Year 11
- A House Representative from each Key Stage 3 tutor group, formed into year group committees
As well as helping to lead on our committee areas of rewards, the environment and charities, these students also plan and implement many of Redmoor’s house competitions and initiatives. They act as ambassadors for our school and are a visible presence and influence in leading improvement for their peers and staff alike.
Teaching life-skills and character has always been one of the key objectives of education, but sometimes these skills are forgotten about amid the quantitative measures of academic performance.
Redmoors enrichment programme is an essential part of promoting employability, academic attainment and teaching young people the skills they need to make good choices. These skills will have benefits well beyond the classroom.
Tim Peake once tweeted “Character is important – a CV may get you the interview, but character will get you the job.”
At Redmoor, we aim to have a range of enrichment opportunities that will promote the life-skills needed for everyday life, develop “soft skills” that employers and universities look for, while also giving students the opportunity to find out more about their interests and passions.
The Redmoor Enrichment Week (REC) in June gives the students a choice of a wide range of experiences from cookery in France, climbing the Three Peaks, learning to horse ride, making a bug hotel to glass blowing and many more. The students are engaged in a week-long set activities that encourage them to make new friends, challenge themselves and gain a variety of new skills.
Along REC, the school provides a range of activities after school and during lunch time. These include sports such as netball, football, rugby and athletics. We also have a wide range of music based clubs include steel pans, rock band and the choir, Young Voices. Budding engineers can join VEX, the robotics club; whilst the Eco club provides other opportunities for environment-minded students.
During our PSHCE lessons and tutor time each week, the students get to take part in house competitions which may include a new skill set such as paper chain making, or learning essential first aid such as CPR.
Enrichment at Redmoor includes many things that students can choose to do beyond their academic pursuits and the normal requirements of life.