Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4, all students follow a broad and balanced curriculum to ensure that they further develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to succeed in life, whilst allowing them to pursue their interests and to choose subjects that will ensure that they are ready for the next stage of their education and employment. In addition to the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, students have the opportunity to follow subjects that allow them to fulfil the English Baccalaureate suite of qualifications (History or Geography as well as a Modern Foreign Language).
Whilst as a school we predominantly offer GCSEs, there are some other qualifications which we offer because they better suit particular types of learners and our experience shows that they also better motivate and interest students. All these qualifications have equivalence. To view the details of the subjects on offer as part of the Key Stage 4 curriculum please follow the link to our options page where you will find the options booklet.
We have taken the decision to focus three years of study at Key Stage 4 rather than the traditional two years. This is to meet the greater demands of the new curriculum. We firmly believe this is the right decision to support our students in achieving their best by ensuring that they can continue to follow a broad and balanced curriculum whilst achieving success in a new and more rigorous assessment regime.
Students’ work will reflect the continued focus on strategies to aid knowledge retention and evidence of revisiting concepts and content. This will be supported by Personal Learning Checklists. This will be backed up with the use of 'low stakes' testing to support students in learning the content as well as increasing their skills competence.
The GCSE Subject revision includes further details about the content of each subject as well as links to support materials and assessment deadlines where applicable. For any further information relating to the curriculum please contact the relevant Subject Leader.
If you have any questions or would like to know more please book onto our KS4 parental learning walk or contact [email protected].
See below information on courses studied during the year including support materials and assessment deadlines where applicable.
Coping with exam pressure - a guide for students. Click here to view.