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Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

In Key Stage 4 (KS4) students will study GCSE or equivalent courses including the compulsory core subjects of:

  • English Language and Literature (4 hours)
  • Mathematics (4 hours)
  • Science (6 hours – which includes Physics, Chemistry and Biology).
  • Students will also study Physical Education (PE) and Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education

We fully support the entitlement that students have to study the group of qualifications, which the government calls the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) and expect a high level of take up by students.  All students are guided to study at least one EBacc subject.  Where students are unable to meet the requirements of GCSE, there will be an offer of personalised entry level learning in EBacc subjects.

As part of the options process, students are able to select Triple Science as a pathway and will be supported with this choice by being allocated an additional 2 hours per week to the study of Triple Science.  Students who require further support in English or Maths, can choose to study an additional 2 hours booster within the school curriculum.

The curriculum provides over 20 GCSE or equivalent subject choices as part of the guided options process for all students, supporting students’ learning, progression and enabling them to work towards achieving their goals.  Students in Year 10 are able to choose 3 option subjects from the options below:

Curriculum Overview Key Stage 4

During Year 9, students select the subjects they wish to study in Years 10 and 11.  This is completed through the Year 9 Options process, supported by Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG).  Information on the process is shared through: assemblies, the school website, parental options evenings, Active Tutorial and Super Learning Days (including the Options Carousel and Options Fayre).  At our Vocational Academy, Level 1 and 2 courses are offered in Construction.  The school offers individual programmes for students with outside partners where more intense supervision is required.  Work Related Learning forms part of the Year 10 curriculum experience, enhanced by a 2-week work placement.  Religious Education for KS4 pupils is delivered through Active Tutorial and Super Learning Days.  At Key Stage 4, PSHE is taught during tutorials and enriched by Super Learning Days.  To read more about our core and optional subjects, please click on the subject links.