The curriculum at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School reflects our philosophy and aims. It is broad and balanced, recognises national guidelines and fulfils the requirements of the National Curriculum and beyond.

 Curriculum Policy 2018-2019

 Key Stage 3 Curriculum 

 Key Stage 4 Curriculum 

Key Stage 4 Options Booklet

We provide education that is suited to able students and there is great emphasis on academic excellence. Students need to secure the best achievable qualifications. However, we firmly believe that the value of our curriculum goes beyond purely what is examinable. We believe every learner is entitled to a curriculum that is rich and varied, challenging and inspiring, which enables every individual to fulfil her or his potential to the highest possible standard. We promote the view that learning should be experienced as something which is enjoyable, engaging, rewarding and confidence building.

The curriculum should enable all young people to become:

  1. successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  2. confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  3. responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

It is our intention to lay secure foundations for progression into Further and Higher Education and we consider preparation for Sixth Form Advanced Level study to be a key feature of our 11-16 education.

Our curriculum includes a wide variety of enrichment activities and we encourage students to take full advantage of these. Lessons are taught by highly qualified and motivated staff, all of whom are experts in their subject.  All departments are well resourced and use the latest computer technologies.

Assessment criteria at Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

To view the Key Stage 3 assessment criteria for each subject please refer to the documents listed below.


  Biology Assessment Criteria Year 9 (for Years 7 & 8 see Science)

  Chemistry Assessment Criteria Year 9 (for Years 7 & 8 see Science)


  Design and Technology



  Food Technology


  History Assessment Criteria 

  History Assessment Tasks 


  MFL (Modern Foreign Languages)


  Physical Education 

  Physics Assessment Criteria Year 9 (for Years 7 & 8 see Science)

  Religious Studies 

  Science (for Year 9 Biology, Chemistry and Physics please see separate files)


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