Key Stage 4

Our KS4 curriculum has evolved from a traditional GCSE structure with all students following courses in Maths, English (up to 2 GCSEs), Science (2 or 3 GCSEs), Games and PSHE (both not examined with PSHE providing the time for the delivery of Careers, Core IT, Citizenship and Enterprise Education as well as Religious Studies) alongside other Option Block chosen subjects. In recent years we have introduced elements of vocational study into this package, to broaden our provision, and currently have Level 2 BTEC courses in Sport, Business, ICT and Health and Social Care alongside traditional GCSE options. Up to 60 students in Year 10 will also work towards a Sports Leader Award in PE/Games sessions.

On average Year 10 students study 9 subjects at GCSE, with those who take Triple Science completing 10 subjects by the end of Key Stage 4. The most able Mathematicians will be entered for examination in both Maths and AQA Level 2 Further Maths at the end of Year 11.

Mid-point in Year 9, students begin the process of selecting options for further study at GCSE, supported and guided by subject teachers and form tutors. Parents, carers and students are invited to attend our annual ‘Options Evening’ held in February where detailed information about the curriculum design is provided, as well as the chance to meet and speak to subject leaders about the courses on offer.