Our curriculum is creative, relevant, enterprising, exciting and motivating.

All children have a right to a broad, balanced and relevant education which provides continuity and progression and takes individual differences into account. Work in school should be designed to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. At Dryden School the staff, parents and carers, and governors are totally committed to the development of our pupils and students, to offer them the best education: An education that is rich in opportunities and experiences; one that meets the needs of each individual, is accessible and actively promotes achievement and progressions for all pupils and so allows them to achieve their full potential.

Key Stage 3 follow a balanced curriculum tailored to specific need and delivered through practical and meaningful activities. Key Stage 4 builds on this and emphasis is placed on practical applications with an increasing expectation of appropriate independence. Students in post-16 follow a skills based curriculum in vocational areas (e.g. catering, sports & leisure) preparing them for transition to adult life.

All students make good progress throughout the school and some make outstanding progress. We make good use of information from feeder schools and use this as a benchmark to measure further progress. Progress is closely monitored and analysed and supports target setting for individual students.

Students in Key Stage 4 and post-16 complete a range of externally accredited courses and units. We are constantly looking to secure the best and most appropriate course and units for our students to challenge them and to accredit the courses that they are following.


For full information about the curriculum at Dryden School please download the document below.

Curriculum Policy (PDF)
If you require further information or would like to discuss the curriculum followed at Dryden School please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Parents express huge confidence in their children’s enjoyment of school and say that it has very high expectations. As one parent commented, ‘she loves coming to Dryden and she has come on in leaps and bounds…’

Ofsted 2009


More Information

Curriculum Mapping –  KS3 (Y7-9) 3 year rolling programme and KS4 (Y10-11) 2 year rolling programme – update July 2016

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