Key Stage 4
Our students start their (three year) Key Stage Four curriculum in Year 9.
At Key Stage Four, the curriculum continues to develop and extend the knowledge and skills that our students gain in Key Stage 3. In addition, the curriculum is designed to prepare our students for examinations they will take at the end of Year 11. Challenging educational and personal targets are agreed with every student on an individual basis. We very much consider the targets set to be the ceiling not the floor; this is based on the firm belief that every student can and will make progress as well as the fact that ability is not set.
All of our students study: English language, English literature, mathematics, science (double award or the three separate subjects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics), core physical education and PSHE. An individualised curriculum enables students to select appropriate examination courses including: art, business studies (GCSE and Cambridge National), geography, history, philosophy and ethics, music, information technology, computer science, food technology, textiles, product design, resistant materials, electronics, German, Spanish, physical education (GCSE and Sport BTEC) and Health and Social Care BTEC.
Each year a mixture of different types of courses are offered following an in-depth evaluation of the specific year group.
The versatility of our curriculum allows students to follow the most appropriate route for their own personal achievement. Where appropriate, for a small minority of our students, we offer either a full or part time alternative curriculum. This is based on the need of the individual driven by the aim for all to study a broad and balanced curriculum that enables them to follow their chosen pathway both post-16 and 18.
We pride ourselves on the level of academic and pastoral support given to our pupils. The Progress Leaders, form tutors, Teaching Assistants and Learning Mentors work together to support, encourage and oversee the personal development and academic progress of students throughout their Key Stage Four curriculum.
Our PSHE and Citizenship programme encourages our students to develop excellent attitudes and behaviour to take their place as responsible members of society. Through the work on Information, Advice and Guidance it also prepares them to make decisions about their next steps e.g. to stay within our sixth form, enrol at college or start in the workplace on an apprenticeship.