The Riverside School Curriculum

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5-Year Curriculum Pathway











  • Students are placed into 1 of  5 form brackets based on Key Stage 2 performance (R, I, V, E & S)
  • Riverside has a 1 week timetable, featuring 25 x 1 hour taught lessons, plus a 30 minute tutorial period/assembly each day.
  • Students selected for the Mandarin Excellence Programme (MEP) will study 1 hour less per week of maths and Spanish, and will study 4 hours per week of Mandarin
  • PSHE/citizenship/RS are delivered through civics (1 lesson per week in years 7 – 10)
  • PSHE/citizenship/RS are delivered through several specific civics days across year 11
  • Science provision in year 11 for those students undertaking triple science increases to 6 hours each week, providing 2 discrete hours for chemistry, physics and biology.
  • Students that play a musical instrument receive personal tuition provided by the school’s peripatetic music tutors each week.
    • At Key Stage 4, students study the following core subjects:
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Double Science – Trilogy
  • Spanish (only compulsory in RIV)
    BTEC Sport


      At Key Stage 4, students have the following option choices:
  • Geography
  • History
  • Spanish (ES only)
  • Computing
  • iMedia
  • Art
  • Hospitality & Catering
  • Music
  • Drama