Our Curriculum in Years 7 – 11

Curriculum Intent

It is our vision to develop students who will make a valuable and lifelong contribution to society.  We strive for all our students to follow a stimulating, relevant, broad and challenging curriculum, to ensure they have high aspirations to achieve personal best and progress to strong destinations.   The curriculum is designed to facilitate all our students to develop the knowledge, skills and life experiences needed to take advantage of the opportunities available to them in later life. Students leaving Royds Hall Community School will be recognised as respectful, caring and responsible citizens with a strong ambition to succeed.

To achieve these goals students should:

  • Attend regularly, arrive on time and be ready and equipped for learning.
  • Work hard and be ready to learn in all lessons.
  • Treat all members of the school community with respect.
  • Use their planner as a means of communication between school and home and to record homework.

Key Stage 3 (years 7, 8 and 9)

In Key Stage 3, we follow the National Curriculum and provide a broad and balanced curriculum diet for all students. Students are split into three mixed ability bands and are taught in mixed ability classes for most subjects, with the exception of English, Mathematics and Science.

All students complete Key Stage 3 at the end of Year 9.

In Key Stage 3, students experience a wide range of subjects, which allows them to make sound option choices.

The following subjects are taught in Key Stage 3:

Subject Periods per fortnight
English 8
Mathematics 8
Science 8
Art 2
Music 2
Drama 1
History 4
Geography 4
Computing  2
Modern Foreign Languages (French) 4
PE 3
Technology 3
Total 50

 Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

In Key Stage 4, students are placed in sets for Mathematics, English and Science. Where possible, the curriculum is arranged to allow free movement between sets so learning is matched to individual needs.  Students choose four options across a variety of subjects, which include technology, arts, computing and social sciences, thus ensuring a balanced variety of subjects suiting all learners is maintained. There is an excellent choice of enrichment activities to further enhance pupils’ breadth of experience.

The EBacc

We offer a broad range of GCSE subjects to our pupils, with EBacc options featuring strongly: including separate Sciences, Computer Science, Geography, History, French and Spanish, as well as the opportunity to sit GCSEs in heritage languages.

The EBacc is not a compulsory element of our curriculum; however, more able pupils studying languages as core are strongly advised to study these facilitating subjects with a view to future study at top universities. Other option subjects include: Art and Design, Childcare and Development, Film Studies, Health and Social Care, Dance, PE, Business, Food and Nutrition, Design and Technology, Drama, Sociology, Photography, Religious Studies, Music, Creative Media and Textiles.  (Options subjects are reviewed yearly and whilst every attempt will be made to offer all subjects, it will be tailored to suit the needs of the cohort and timetabling constraints).


This is the structure for the subjects taught in Key Stage 4: 

Subject Year 9

(Class of 2022) only

Year 10 Year 11
English 9 9 9
Mathematics 8 8 8
Science 9 13 12
 PE 3 3 4
Option A 5 4 4
Option B 5 4 4
Option C 5 4 4
Option D 5 4 N/A
Option E N/A 4 N/A
Languages / ICT within options within options 4
Total   50 50


Note: The current Year 9 (Class of 2022) have already commenced their KS4 options, so are following the timing allocations for KS4.