Key Stage 4
Subject-based Curriculum: Key Stage 4
Our principal philosophy for Key Stage 4 is that students strive to achieve their best in core and chosen subject areas; our aim is that all students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in examinations, but more importantly, develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the world around them in order to prepare them for opportunities in later life.
In Years 10 and 11, all students study Maths, English Literature, English Language and Dual Award Science (with higher ability students studying Triple Science) and one Ebacc subject, plus three options from a broad range of over 22 subjects (including GCSE, Cambridge Nationals, BTec Tech Awards). See curriculum breakdown and course list links below for more detail. Dependent upon student numbers (we cannot always run every subject), we run subjects offering to meet the needs specific to each cohort. In addition, all students also study a Core PE and Citizenship programme. We strongly recommend that students study a Modern Foreign Language and Geography or History to ensure broad and balanced option choices that follow the English Baccalaureate. Throughout, students will receive help and advice concerning the opportunities available to them post-16. Some students follow a further personalised curriculum including Level 1 college courses such as Motor Vehicles or Level 1 Horticulture. We have high aspirations and expectations of all students and we will make appropriate and reasonable provision for an individual’s needs within the resources available.
Duke of Edinburgh continues into Silver Award at Key Stage 4. All students also have the opportunity to take part in an extensive range of Outdoor Education activities. This is part of our commitment to the development students' resilience and confidence.