Key Stage 4 Curriculum Overview

We are committed to a curriculum of excellence for all, which balances students mastering the core, as well as students continuing to study a broad and balanced range of option subjects.

We are proud of the diverse range of high-quality GCSE and vocational courses that all students have access to and will succeed in by their completion. We are confident that the curriculum we offer to students in Years 10 and 11 will equip them with the qualifications, knowledge and skills they will need to lead successful and fulfilling adult lives.

The decisions that students make are important and consequential. It is for this reason we are absolutely committed to providing students and families with comprehensive and individual support at each stage of the options process. This is so that they can make an informed decision with confidence about the options they wish to make for Year 10 and 11.

The current Coronavirus pandemic has understandably placed limitations on the usual way we provide this support. Nevertheless, we remain steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that students and families are given the information and guidance so that they choose subjects that they enjoy, find rewarding and will, ultimately, be successful in.

Options Pathways

Students have a range of different options available to them based upon the curriculum pathway they will be following at Key Stage 4.

We offer three different pathways, and the pathway students are on is based upon their previous and current academic performance both at primary and secondary school. Parents/carers are fully consulted and engaged in the process of determining the best pathway that students will be placed on.

Core

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Combined Science (Double Science)

English Baccalaureate

  • A Modern Foreign Language (French or Spanish)
  • History or Geography

Option Subject

Option Subject (selected from a range of subjects on offer, as outlined in the Options Booklet)

Non-Examined

  • Core PE
  • Values Curriculum

Core

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Combined Science (Double Science)

One English Baccalaureate Subject

Either:

A Modern Foreign Language (French or Spanish)

Or

History

Or

Geography

Option Subject

  • Option Subject 1
  • Option Subject 2

(Selected from a range of subjects on offer, as outlined in the Options Booklet).

Non-Examined

  • Core PE
  • Values Curriculum

Core

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Combined Science (Double Science)

Option Subject

  • Option Subject 1
  • Option Subject 2

(Selected from a range of subjects on offer, as outlined in the Options Booklet).

Non-Examined

  • Core PE
  • Values Curriculum
  • Additional English Language Support

Options Booklet

In the following booklet you will find all the information on the different core and option subjects that we currently offer for our Year 10 students. This previews the topics covered in each course, the means of assessment and the opportunities that each subject offers for study at sixth form and beyond. 

Click here to view the Options Booklet 2021-3

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