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Key Stage 4 Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 4 builds upon the progress, skills and knowledge acquired at Key Stage 3 and covers two year. It is also broad and balanced so that pupils do not narrow their options too early. Pupils are guided onto courses so that the range, level and type of courses meet their individual needs. There is a strong focus on the core EBacc academic subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Languages and Humanities. RE is taught to all to GCSE as a statement of our commitment to tolerance and inclusivity.

Alongside this, pupils can opt to take up courses in Computer Science, PE, Design and Technology (Food and Nutrition; Design and Technology; Art and Design Textiles); the Arts (Art, Photography Music, Drama; Performing Arts) and vocational courses which include: i-media, Travel and Tourism and Sport. In designing this curriculum, we realise the importance of preparing our pupils with the skills and knowledge to enable them to fully contribute to the global community. 

Furthermore, we believe that pupils should take exams at the point of maximum likely maturity. This means that we do not enter pupils early or stagger options over time. 

Year 10

All pupils will have the following as part of their curriculum pathway:

Subject

Periods

English

5

Mathematics

5

Science

6

Religious Education

2

Physical Education

2

PSHE

1

We have 5 different pathways to meet the needs of our pupils:

Pathway

Languages Block

(3 periods)

Humanities Block

(2 periods)

Option

(2 periods)

Option

(2 periods)

1 Triple Science

French or Spanish

Geography or History

Triple Science

Choice*

2 Core

French or Spanish

Geography or History

Choice*

Choice*

3

iMedia or Travel & Tourism

Food or Sport

Geography or History

Choice*

Choice*

4

iMedia or Travel & Tourism

Food or Sport

Geography or History

English and Mathematics

EAL Support

Choice*

5

Support

Food Nutrition

Choice*

 

*Choice

Art

Computer Science

Drama

Music

Performing Arts

Food

Design and Technology

Textiles

Photography

BTEC Sport

GCSE Physical Education

History

Geography

Year 11

All pupils will have the following as part of their curriculum pathway.

Subject

Periods

English

4

Mathematics

4

Science

6

Religious Education

2

Physical Education

2

PSHE

1

 

Pathway

Languages Block

(2 periods)

Humanities Block

(3 periods)

Option

(2 periods)

Option

(2 periods)

1 Triple Science

French or Spanish

Geography or History

Triple Science

Choice*

2 Core

French or Spanish

Geography or History

Choice*

Choice*

3

iMedia or Travel & Tourism

Food or Sport

Geography or History

Choice*

Choice*

4

iMedia or Travel & Tourism

Food or Sport

Geography or History

English and Mathematics

EAL Support

Choice*

5

Support

Food Nutrition

Choice*

In addition to pathway 2, option 1 we offer EAL support for Key Stage 4.

Courses on offer:

  • GCSE Art Craft & Design:
  • GCSE Art & Design: Textiles
  • GCSE Biology
  • GCSE Chemistry
  • GCSE Combined Science
  • GCSE Computer Science
  • GCSE Design and Technology
  • GCSE Drama
  • GCSE English Language
  • GCSE English Literature
  • GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition
  • GCSE French      
  • GCSE Geography
  • GCSE History     
  • iMedia (OCR)
  • GCSE Mathematics
  • BTEC Music
  • BTEC Performing Arts
  • GCSE Photography
  • GCSE Physical Education
  • GCSE Physics     
  • GCSE Religious Studies
  • GCSE Spanish
  • BTEC Sport
  • BTEC Travel and Tourism