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Key Stage 4 Curriculum

The Key Stage 4 curriculum is a carefully planned, broad and balanced curriculum that offers students the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and experiences required to secure the right range and quality of qualifications and personal aptitudes to prepare them for their next stage of learning. The curriculum provides guidance for students and, a range of option choices, to enable them to develop as confidence, qualified learners able to access future college courses or apprenticeships on their journey towards adulthood and the world of work.

Students begin their GCSE courses in June of Year 9 when the timetable is moved forward and they begin their GCSE learning. Throughout Key Stage 3 students have been supported to develop within the core curriculum as well as individual specialisms and areas of personal aptitude. The Key Stage 4 curriculum is the start of the next stage of their learning journey during which we recognise and encourage their increased focus on future career choices and personal ambition. To this end we offer additional opportunities and experiences including: work experience; educational visits to challenge thinking and broaden horizons; and student leadership responsibilities.

The subjects offered at Key Stage 4 are:

Core Subjects:

  • English Language and Literature
  • Mathematics

English Baccalaureate Subjects:

  • Science (Three separate sciences of biology, chemistry and physics, or Combined Science)
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • History
  • Geography
  • Computing

Other GCSEs (reviewed each year):

  • Art 
  • Business Studies
  • Design and Technology (main specialism plus additional specialisms)
  • Drama
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Sports Studies

High Value Vocational Subjects (reviewed each year):

  • Health and Social Care
  • Certificate in Digital Applications (CIDA)

 All students belong to a Form Group. The Form Group is led by a Form Tutor who, typically, will know them well as they will have worked with them during Key Stage 3. Groups meet daily with their Tutor and there is a year group specific programme of learning, including weekly opportunity for a Year Group assembly.

Each Year Group continues to be led by their Achievement Coordinator (AC) and a Deputy Achievement Coordinator (DAC).In addition, a Pupil Premium Achievement Coordinator (PPAC) oversees the academic and personal achievements of students entitled to support through Pupil Premium funding.

All students can access the library at break, lunch or after school. Where students need further support for literacy or numeracy, they continue to use the Accelerated Reader Programme and to access Learning Support Team provision.

The Careers Advisors are available to all students during designated SPACE lessons, career specific 'spotlight' sessions, parents' evenings and specific appointments. Students in Year 11 participate in a week of work experience during the autumn term.

Students have access to a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs and they can use the Wellbeing Centre through drop-in sessions or scheduled appointments.

A small number of students may struggle to meet the demands of the Key Stage 4 curriculum and are offered a bespoke alternative provision for Year 11 where they can be supported with their various needs. They are taught through a personalised curriculum based on programmes such as:

  • Core subjects: GCSE English Language and Literature and Mathematics
  • ICT / CiDA qualification
  • NCFE level 2 Creative Craft
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award (Bronze)
  • SPACE curriculum.
  • Work experience (up to 2 days per week)
  • NEXUS Programme (extended work placements)

An overview of the Key Stage 4 curriculum can be downloaded here.