The Key Stage 4 Curriculum

In year 10 and 11, all students continue with:-

  • Computing & ICT(GCSE Equivalent)
  • English Language (GCSE)
  • English Literature (GCSE)
  • Mathematics (GCSE)
  • Physical Education
  • Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE)
  • Religious Education (GCSE)
  • Science (2 GCSE's)

In In addition, they can choose three other subjects from:-

GCSE

  • Art & Design
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Studies
  • CoPE
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Food Technology
  • Geography
  • Graphic Products
  • History
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
  • Seperate Sciences (Biology/Chemistry/Physics)*
  • Spanish
* The option for separate sciences is only 1 option as it allows the third science to be taught in combination with the 2 GCSEs that are taught to all students.

Vocational Subjects

  • Animal Care
  • Construction
  • Health & Social Care
  • Horticulture
  • Music
  • Sport

Whichever route they take, students are all able to gain a minimum of the equivalent of 5 GCSE grades A* to G, however, options are such that it is possible for students to gain significantly more qualifications. All students have the option to complete the English Baccalaureate by studying any of Geography, History, Computer Science or Spanish; for most students this is mandatory.

During Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11), all students engage Work-Related Learning across the curriculum, as well as following a programme of Careers Education Guidance, which is led by a team of subject specialists and which involves outside agencies. In Year 11, all students complete a week's Work Experience as part of their educational entitlement.

More detailed information of the Schemes of Work and Programmes of Study for all subjects in each year group can be obtained by contacting the school office.

How will my child choose subjects to study in Year 10/11?

During the Spring of Year 9, students and their parents are given comprehensive information and guidance about individual choices to be made about precisely which combination of subjects to study between the ages of 14 and 19, with provision being made for both vocational and traditional courses. Parents are asked to play a key role, in partnership with staff, to help the students make the best decisions.

A booklet explaining the courses is produced annually. You and your child are invited to meet the staff one evening for information and discussion. Subject teachers and form tutors are involved in a program of guidance for students and we are happy to discuss any queries with parents individually.