Year 10


Students opt into the study of GCSE Geography during Year 9 starting their three year course. The new GCSE course has been selected to allow students to embark on a wide breadth of areas of study whilst also promoting the use of field work and the study of methodology when investigating using geographical techniques. Equal weighting in the exams is given to Physical and Human topics, some of which have already been introduced lower down the school. New topics for the study at GCSE include the geography of resource management including the provision of energy for the modern world, the changing economic world and the urban challenges of the new global world. Students will sit three exams in the summer of year 11, but will focus on exam technique and be assessed using GCSE criteria throughout the entirety of the course. Students will be given at least two opportunities to practise fieldwork in the real world and knowledge of these techniques is examined in the third paper. The course is heavily focused on developing knowledgable and responsible young citizens of the modern world we live in and the course opens up a wide range of opportunities for students to go onto further study in Geography or take away transferable skills to other areas of study.


In year 9 students are starting the new EDEXCEL specification for Philosophy and Ethics GCSE. Pupils have three years to prepare for the final exams, following through into years 10 and 11. The course consists of two exams focussing on the two world religions of Christianity and Islam. The subject looks at the key views and practices of their beliefs, as well as views towards life after death, their way of living, family life and teachings on war and peace. The course helps students develop their views on such issues and join in debates about big moral questions. Students are assessed at regular assessment points during the year to check understanding and progress using actual exam questions measured on GCSE criteria. Students gain not only academic qualifications but also develop tolerance of others, awareness of other cultures and express and explain their own points of views on the big questions in life.


As our year 9 students move into their three year GCSE we aim to develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in local, British, and wider world history. We consider the wide diversity of human experience, engage in historical enquiry to develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers. Students develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context. Students will explore two of the new five course elements in year nine starting with a British thematic study: Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and moving onto the Historic Environment element: The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: surgery and treatment. In year 10 students then embark on the study of Anglo Saxon England and the American West before going onto study Nazi Germany in year 11. The content is examined in three exams at the end of year 11. Students will be prepared for further academic study with a vast range of historical knowledge, as well as skills in the use of evidence, extended writing and developing judgements that are transferable to a range of other subjects.


Year 11


In year 11 students follow the AQA (A) Specification for Geography. This builds on knowledge already gained in years 7, 8 and 9. The course offers a broad range of both Human and Physical Geography topics. There are two papers at the end of year 11; a Human Geography paper, which covers Development, Urban Environments and Population. The Physical Geography paper covers Ecosystems, Rivers and Coasts. During the course, you will also take part in a fieldtrip which will be the basis for your controlled assessment focussing on coastal defences in Hunstanton.


In year 11, all students are following the 2009 EDEXCEL Religious Education specification. In year 10, students will have covered five of the eight units from the two exam papers. Pupils will learn about the religious beliefs on the emergence of the universe and beliefs of two religions, Christianity and Islam. Units include believing in God; matters of life and death; marriage and the family; religion and community cohesion; rights and responsibilities; environmental and medical issues; peace and conflict and finally crime and punishment. In year 11, students will sit two exam papers worth 50% each in May. Students will be continually assessed using past exam questions to ensure that all are fully prepared for the GCSE exams.


Students start their two year GCSE course with an in depth study of the American West and the story of the conquest and settlement of the United States of America moving onto their controlled assessment, which makes up 25% of their overall grade. We will visit the Roman site of Verulamium before students undertake a 2,000 word essay. In year 11 students explore Medicine through Time, as they discover the key changes, individuals and developments in medicine from the Prehistoric times through to the discovery of DNA in the 1950s. Students sit two final exams in Year 11 with questions from both Medicine through Time and the American West with one paper based entirely on source material on a study in British history: ‘Public Health in Britain 1800–1914’.




Rushden Academy

Rushden Academy

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KS3 Head of Years

Head of Year 7 - Miss J Neville

Head of Year 8 - Mrs S Finney

KS4 Head of Years

Head of Year 9 - Mr S Harris

Head of Year 10 - Mrs A Gurnham

Head of Year 11 - Miss R Burrows

KS5 Head of Year

Head of Year 12 & 13 - Mr P Chapman

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Hayway, Rushden, Northamptonshire. NN10 6AG
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