Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)
Students move into Key Stage 4 at the beginning of Year 10. At this point they will have chosen the subjects they wish to specialise in, to supplement the compulsory or 'core' curriculum.
The core curriculum at KS4 consists of English or English Language and English Literature, Mathematics, Science (which includes Physics, Chemistry and Biology), PSHCE, Physical Education, ICT and Religious Studies. Every student will have 4 lessons of English, 4 of mathematics, 6 of science, 2 of PE and 1 of RS. In addition all students will study ICT in Year 10 and Citizenship in year 11.
Students then select 4 'options' from the list of additional choices. These currently (2013) include: Art, Biology, Business Studies, Catering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Dance, Drama, French, Geography, German, Graphics, History, ICT, Latin, Media Studies, Music (GCSE or BTEC), Physical Education (GCSE or BTEC), Physics, Product Design, Photography, Spanish, Statistics and Textiles. These are timetabled for three lessons a week each.
There also a range of flexible learning non-examined courses, which can be taken instead of 1 of the choices above, after discussion with the Head of Key Stage or the Head of learning Support.
Currently these are: Sports Leadership, Flexible Learning, ASDAN.
We also offer, in partnership with local Colleges, a selection of Level 1/Level 2 vocational courses which replace 2 of the 'options' choices. Students are currently studying Hair and Beauty, Construction, and Motor Vehicle Maintenance. These are arranged on an individual basis to meet the needs of a small number of students. Our aim is to provide a relevant and flexible curriculum for all. We also offer, where appropriate, a 1 to 1 tuition programme to support students who are at risk of not fulfilling thier potential.
Our aim is that all students leave Key Stage 4 able to progress to a range of Vocational or Academic courses, or to further training linked to their chosen career. In order to achieve this, every student and their families, will receive expert advice, guidance and support.