The TRGA Curriculum

We have 5 periods of 60 minute lessons every day making 25 periods in the week. There is a form period of 25 minutes at the beginning of each morning, as well as a rolling Positive Discipline lesson that takes place during a different period every week where students spend the lesson with their form tutor. Break (20 minutes) is between Periods 1 and 2 for Years 7A, 9 and 11 and Periods 2 and 3 for Years 7B, 8 and 10. Lunch (35 minutes) is split between Periods 3 and 4 for Years 7A, 9 and 11 from 12.10pm-12.45pm. Years 7B, 8 and 10 will be on lunch between Periods 4 and 5 from 1.10pm-1.45pm. School starts at 8.25am and finishes at 2.45pm.

On three days each year, Years 7-11 have their own PSHCEE days that are specifically designed to cover aspects of PSHCEE that cannot be delivered through other lessons. These days often involve outside agencies and guest speakers and cover issues such as drugs, bullying and careers. All students will attend at least one assembly each week that is well planned and coordinated to support the delivery of social, moral, spiritual and cultural aspects of learning, including the promotion of British values.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

The Key Stage 3 curriculum model is based on a 25 period timetable split into parallel bands, A and B. Students study a wide range of subjects including the core subject, humanities, languages and the arts.

For a small number of students who do not yet have a full grasp of the English Language they follow an alternative curriculum where they receive a greater number of English lessons per week.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

The Key Stage 4 curriculum model is based on a 25 period timetable split into parallel bands, A and B. Students are placed in a band depending on their selection of option subjects. The curriculum is planned to ensure rigour with a focus on the core skills.

It is anticipate that around 35% of each cohort will complete the EBACC qualification with all students studying History or Geography.


KS4 students are expected to attend extra sessions after school to support with their learning. A full timetable of catch up and support sessions can be found here (please put a link to the extra curricular activities page which I’ll update early next week)

If you have any questions about the curriculum at The Ruth Gorse Academy, please contact the appropriate Head of Year, or contact us at [email protected].

Intent and Overview Documents