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Curriculum information

Mainstream expectations

Whilst we recognise that our young people have additional needs, Rossendale School maintains high educational expectations for our pupils. We believe that with the expert staff team, individualised learning packages and extensive therapeutic support available at Rossendale School, students are well placed to make academic progress and achievements in line with their peers in mainstream settings. 

“The pupils who spoke to inspectors were positive about the difference attending Rossendale School was making to their progress and engagement with learning. They were positive about their futures and had high aspirations.”

Ofsted, October 2014

A broad and varied curriculum

Rossendale School delivers an impressive breadth of GCSE and other accreditations in any given year. These include:

  • Additional Science
  • Art and Design
  • Business Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Design and Technology: Graphic Products
  • Design and Technology: Resistant Materials
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Film Studies
  • Food Studies
  • Further Maths
  • History
  • Horticulture
  • ICT
  • Maths
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Preparation for Working Life
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Science
  • Spanish
  • Sports Leaders Award
  • Statistics

Ofsted commented...

“The wide range of subjects offered within the curriculum is outstanding and allows a diversity of individualised programmes to meet the needs of pupils. For example, the Duke of Edinburgh Award is now on the timetable rather than as an extra-curricular activity. As a result, all pupils can access the award and enrich their social and life skills."

Ofsted, October 2014

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
  • GCSEs
  • BTECs
  • Functional skills
  • Entry Level
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award