We offer a personalised curriculum, working together with students and parents, to ensure that students are following a Key Stage 4 programme of study that is wholly appropriate to their needs.
The option blocks at Key Stage 4 are intended to facilitate this and all students are encouraged to consider taking the English Baccalaureate. The curriculum allows students to progress at the appropriate rate in all subject areas.
The options package at Key Stage 4 is individually tailored for each cohort of students, subject to staffing audit and group viability. We always plan to offer GCSE courses for most subjects, with only a limited few being available at BTEC.
In line with our local focus, we want to involve parents as much as possible in both student choice, which will shape what is offered, and in the monitoring and support of children’s progress throughout their schooling.
The lesson allocation per week is as follows:
Years 9 and 10
We plan to deliver the full Religious Studies (RS) course in Key Stage 4, taking up 4% of the curriculum time. This percentage is not dissimilar to many state schools. Allowing students time to take the full RS course (rather than the short course) will mean that their RS qualification will count towards their own CV which may be useful for progression into the 6th form. The full RS course will also encourage students to make a well-informed decision regarding their own choice of belief.
We ensure that no student feels excluded and we encourage an understanding and respect for other faiths and their religious festivals. There are lunchtime clubs and homework clubs to support those who wish to go into more depth regarding other religions.
Learning outside of the classroom is encouraged, with regular trips and visits. All students taking language courses, for example, should take part in at least a day trip at KS3 and a residential trip at KS4 where our three year curriculum has capacity to allow this.
The school works with partners in Higher Education to ensure that students are exposed to University experiences from Key Stage 4, offering an insight into the opportunities available and the qualifications and experience required to achieve their future aspirations.
The Examination Board websites below contain information about all the courses, including specifications, resources, past papers and suggested text books:
For further information please contact the school office or relevant member of teaching staff.
How can parents help?
We asked year 10 students what their parents did to support them with their studies. Click here to see the list of things they told us were most helpful.