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Curriculum information

Rossendale School follows the National Curriculum but it is appropriately modified to each young person’s level. The school offers a tailored curriculum for pupils in Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 5. We offer GCSEs, Entry Level Certificate, BTECs, Functional Skills and A Levels

Alongside meeting the wider needs of our young people as detailed in their EHCP, we provide a rich curriculum which includes academic and more vocational courses.  We believe that with the expert staff team and individualised learning packages at Rossendale School, young people are well placed to make academic progress and achievements in-line with their peers in mainstream settings. 

“Pupils have access to an exceptional range of activities that help them to become independent young citizens. They take part in many trips such as visiting the theatre and skiing in Italy. Pupils develop their understanding of healthy relationships, responsibilities, and the wider world. They are well prepared for life beyond school.” Ofsted, October 2021

A broad curriculum 

Rossendale School delivers an impressive breadth of GCSE, GCE and BTEC, as well as other accreditations in any given year. These include:

  • Art 
  • Business Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Design and Technology: Resistant Materials
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Food Studies
  • German
  • Geography
  • History
  • ICT
  • Maths
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Science
  • Spanish
  • Statistics

Ofsted commented...

“Pupils have many carefully planned opportunities to develop as well-rounded young adults. They learn about different relationships, faiths, and cultures. Pupils are exposed to the wider world through many trips and activities. They benefit from a meticulously planned personal development curriculum that includes nationally recognised awards, including The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. This exemplary offer for pupils’ personal development improves their self-confidence and social skills." Ofsted, October 2021

A range of accreditations

Rossendale School understands that accreditations can play a key role in helping young people to secure the next step on their onward pathway of choice, whether this is further education or a move into employment. We offer students the chance to work towards a range of accreditations, including:

  • A Levels
  • AS level
  • Arts Award
  • GCSEs
  • BTECs
  • Functional skills
  • Life Skills
  • Entry Level
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award