Our Senior School caters for children aged 11 – 16 years. Our class sizes are small, a maximum 15 pupils in each teaching group with smaller tutorial sets where necessary.

Our aim is to meet the needs of all our pupils, from the students with high academic abilities to those who require extra support. Our Key Stage 3 pupils, Years 7, 8 and 9, follow the National Curriculum. At Key Stage 4, Years 10 and 11, we offer a wide range of GCSEs, Functional Skills, Entry Level, vocational and ASDAN courses. The students are all able to choose the study path to suit their skills and ambitions.

The Senior School Day

8.00 School open. Breakfast is available in the school dining room

8.40 All pupils should be in school

8.45 Registration

8.50 Lesson 1

9.50 Lesson 2

10.45 Break

11.05 Lesson 3

12.05 Lesson 4

1.00 Lunch (Our catering team produce nutritional, home-cooked food. We take into account different dietary requirements, be it for religious or health reasons)

1.20 Break

1.50 Registration

1.55 Lesson 5

2.55 Lesson 6

3.55 Pupils sign out

4.00 Monday – Thursday. Afternoon tea in dining room for those pupils staying for after-school activities and prep.
Friday – School day ends.

5.50 Monday – Thursday. School day ends

Senior School Environment

We try to ensure that our pupils feel happy and secure whilst at school. Pupil’s experience of education can affect their attitude to learning for the rest of their time at school and further educational establishments. A happy individual is more receptive and will achieve far greater success than one who is unhappy or frustrated.

Our teaching groups are small and every student has an individual timetable. They enjoy a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Visits and outings arranged to enhance their learning.

Pastoral care is one of the strengths of the School and continues to be an important aspect of our work. We aim to teach them the practical skills they will need after leaving Ramillies, with careers advice which covers post-16 education, job and college applications and interview techniques.

Senior School Teaching

Our senior pupils have a wide and varied curriculum. All subjects are taught by specialist teachers who encourage students to maximise their potential both academically and socially.

To achieve this we firmly believe in:
• ensuring our curriculum is diverse, but also places great emphasis on the core areas and developing individual skills
• encouraging personal, social and emotional growth and a deeper awareness for cultural, moral, and spiritual values
• preparing all pupils for the opportunity, responsibilities and experiences of life
• supporting every pupil’s ability to participate and drive their own learning so that they can explore, question and challenge

During Year 9 we hold an Options Evening to allow the pupils to make an informed decision on which subjects to study at Key Stage 4. It is important to get the selection of the pupil’s options correct and therefore discussions takes place between pupils, teachers and parents/guardians.

PE and games are an important part of school life. We have our own on-site playing field. The children participate in a wide range of sport, including rugby, football, netball, cricket, rounders, athletics, basketball and cross country. We also have an outdoor heated swimming pool which is used from April to October (weather permitting). The pupils have regular fixtures against other local schools.

Senior Curriculum

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9):
English, Maths, Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology), ICT & Assistive Technology, French
History, Geography, Community (includes PSHE, Citizenship and Religious Studies), Music, Drama, Art & Design, Design & Technology, Textiles, Food & Nutrition, Study Skills, PE and Games

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11):
GCSEs: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science (Single or Dual Award), Art & Design
French, History, ICT, Media Studies, Physical Education, Preparation for Working Life (short course)

City & Guilds: Design & Craft (Level 2), Skills for Working Life (Entry Level 3)

BTEC: Music Production (Level 2), Home Cooking Skills (Level 2, plus Food Hygiene Certificate)

Other Accredited Courses: Functional Skills English, Functional Skills Maths, Functional Skills ICT, Entry Level English, Entry Level Maths, Entry Level Science, ASDAN

Non-Accredited Curriculum: Community (includes PSHE, Citizenship and Religious Studies), PE and Games, Study Skills

Legacy GCSE Courses (Current Year 11 only): Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Child Development, Food and Nutrition, Statistics, Music

Transition to Further Education and working life.

By the time your child has completed their secondary education here at Ramillies they will be ready to take on the outside world and hopefully accomplish their dreams. We hold a Careers Evenings in January to which local colleges are invited. This gives the pupils the opportunity to look at different courses and requirements, and to speak to representatives from the colleges. We also invite speakers to our Community sessions to talk to the students about careers.

Meal and Break Times

Meals and snacks are provided at breakfast, mid-morning break, lunch and afternoon tea. Our catering team produce nutritional, home-cooked food. We take into account different dietary requirements, be it for religious or health reasons.
Our school grounds allow for numerous safe play areas both indoors and outdoors, where friendly play is encouraged.