The school offers a flexible 11-18 curriculum which allows students to “develop and enhance” their basic skills whilst “deepening their learning” across a broad and balanced range of academic and applied subjects and courses.
The introduction of the New Curriculum for Wales in 2022 (Year 7) will align itself to the four purposes. The four purposes are that all children and young people will be:
- Ambitious, capable learners who are ready to learn throughout their lives.
- Enterprising, creative contributors who are ready to play a full part in life and work.
- Ethical, informed citizens who are ready to be citizens of Wales and the world.
- Healthy, confident individuals who are ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.
All Year 7 students will study subjects from each of the six areas of learning:
Art & Design
Health and Wellbeing
Food & Nutrition
Health & Wellbeing
Languages, Literacy and Communication
Mathematics and Numeracy
Science & Technology
Design & Technology
In Year 8, students follow the National Curriculum subjects. The Key Stage 3 curriculum aims to provide an excellent grounding in the core subjects (English, Mathematics, Science, Welsh, Religious Education, Personal, Health and Social Education and Physical Education) as well as the Creative Arts, the Humanities, Modern Foreign Languages, Design and Technology and Information Technology. More talented linguists will also be given the opportunity to study a second foreign language from the beginning of Year 8.
All students at Radyr have a right to a curriculum that maximises learning outcomes. We aim to give students both academic outcomes and the opportunity to develop as “well rounded” individuals who play an active part in society.
It is through this study that they develop a range of skills and competencies and a substantial body of knowledge. Students will develop excellent independent study habits through a regular diet of homework and a focus on teaching them how to learn, as well as what to learn.
In Years 9, 10 and 11 students continue following the National Curriculum Subjects in English, Mathematics, Science, Welsh (2nd Language), Physical Education, Religious Education, Personal, Health and Social Education and Welsh Baccalaureate.
We begin our options process towards the end of the spring term in Year 8 where students are guided carefully onto a range of courses in which they show both interest and aptitude. For some students we may feel it is to their advantage to sit examinations earlier in English, Mathematics and Science, however this decision will only be made after careful and thorough consideration of their needs and never to the detriment of their overall most ambitious progress.
At Post 16 we offer, as part of the successful City Partnership, an extensive range of Key Stage 5 programmes, comprising of A Levels and Applied Courses. Students have the opportunity to create programmes of study both at Radyr and at one or more of the other providers within the partnership, which maximises access and choice.