The curriculum at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy (RWBA) is constantly under review so to offer our students a modern and relevant curriculum of study, whilst still retaining the most valuable of the traditional approaches or practises that have benefited our past community.

Changes to the Curriculum

In September 2014 it is anticipated to have a completely new National Curriculum. As well as this GCSEs and A Levels are under review and the Academy is already in the process of planning and implementing changes as they are announced by the appropriate bodies.

RWBA delivers all of the National Curriculum requirements. We aim to provide a curriculum which:

  • encourages all pupils to learn and achieve their potential
  • provides a broad and balanced education presenting challenging opportunities for all pupils
  • prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life
  • promotes mutual respect and understanding
  • promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development
  • reflects the distinctive character, ethos, aims and values of the School
  • provides opportunities for pupils to develop as responsible citizens
  • uses assessment as an integral component of lessons, for self-evaluation and target setting
  • help pupils appreciate and respect the local and global environment.
  • pupils can enjoy and find stimulating and which encourages their pursuit of learning and excellence
  • provides pupils with the core skills so important for their future success including literacy, numeracy and ICT.

Full details of the courses offered by the various departments will be available on the website and by contacting the appropriate Head of Faculty or Department.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

There is some setting by ability that takes place in the core teaching areas: this is in order that the teaching may be carried out at levels most suited to the students' developing needs. The setting is flexible and students can change where and when the teacher and Head of Faculty agree.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

In Years 10 & 11 we offer a full range of GCSE courses. Students take a broad basic core of subjects in accordance with the requirements of the National Curriculum together with others carefully selected from groups of options. Parents, students, subject teachers and the independent Careers Advisors Mrs K Hall ( uk) discuss subject pathways so that pupils may extend their range of studies and deepen their knowledge in those areas in which they have the most interest and talent without jeopardizing their future career prospects. Where appropriate, field work is carried out and educational visits made in order to add variety and breadth to the work carried out in the classroom and laboratory, and to stimulate interest and a higher level of achievement.

At this stage, most GCSE classes are taught in sets or bands according to the students' abilities so that the most able may be fully extended and the least able given the extra support they need. The most able would be expected to gain nine or ten high grades in the GCSE examinations.

Curriculum Resources

The school is well equipped with the latest ICT facilities including a virtual learning environment, interactive whiteboards in all classrooms, several computer rooms, a music technology room and many other facilities to support students' learning. The School places a high priority on using new technologies and this has extended to home access so that students and staff can use curriculum materials by connecting to the School network.

Information, Advice & Guidance (IAG) on careers or subject choice

Careers Education takes place throughout a student’s life at the school, however, should you wish to discuss this further please contact your child’s tutor, Head of Year or for impartial advice Mrs K Hall (Careers Advisor -

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