Key Stage 4 overview
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)
We offer a range of option choices to students at Key Stage 4 (KS4) including GCSEs in the core subjects studied at KS3 and a variety of other qualifications including BTEC, OCR National and NCFE Vocational Certificate. The vast majority of our students take a Double Award in Science with separate GCSEs in biology, chemistry and physics available for students who select triple science as part of their options programme. The options process since September 2015 has introduced a clear framework of guided pathways for students with at least 50% of Y10 following the compulsory EBacc route.
Supporting the individual needs of our students is crucial to their own learning and success. Our aim is to develop thoughtful, responsible and informed young people who can make a contribution to the local, national and international community. It is therefore important that they develop an understanding of the wider community, and the traditional British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of people of all faiths, races and cultures so that they can be happy, healthy, responsible members of society.
Our personal development programme gives our KS3 and KS4 students the skills and knowledge they need to live and work in our multi-cultural society. It includes Careers Education, Work Experience and PSHCEE (Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic Education). At Key stage 3 PSHCEE is delivered in one lesson per week. At Key stage 4 the programme is delivered in through a number of planned themed days and events, each with a specific focus relevant to the age of the students.
We give our students the chance to take part in extra-curricular activities and educational visits. We offer opportunities across the whole curriculum to improve their numeracy, literacy, computer and enterprise skills. We also encourage their spiritual, moral, social and cultural growth.