Our Key Stage 4 curriculum is diverse, balanced and highly successful. Our curriculum provides opportunities for learning for all students by offering different progression pathways to suit the aspirations and needs of learners. This Key Stage lasts three years from Years 9 to 11.
All students follow a core academic curriculum of GCSE subjects – English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and Religious Studies. In addition general Physical Education and Personal Development and Well-being lessons complete the core. Students also choose 4 option subjects. We recognise that for some students that this may be too demanding; these students follow a more personalised supported learning pathway.
Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning through individual study in class and in homework. Throughout the Key Stage cumulative knowledge tests, end of unit assessments and end of year exams are designed for students to cultivate effective study skills and to consolidate their learning.
|Report Type||Year 9 Date||Year 10 Date||Year 11 Date|
|Progress Review 1 Reports Sent Home||03/11/2017||03/11/2017||03/11/2017|
|Progress Review 2 Reports Sent Home||05/01/2017||05/01/2017||05/01/2017|
|Progress Review 3 Reports Sent Home||23/02/2017||23/02/2017||23/02/2017|
|Progress Review 4 Reports Sent Home||20/04/2017||20/04/2017||20/04/2017|
|Progress Review 5 Reports Sent Home||08/06/2017||08/06/2017||08/06/2017|
|Progress Review 6 Reports Sent Home||18/07/2017||18/07/2017|
|Full School Report Sent Home||18/07/2017||13/03/2017||01/12/2016|
- Each subject will set one homework task per week.
- This applies to all subjects with the exception of the following subjects which will set two homework tasks each week: English and Mathematics (core subjects) and Science (worth two or more GCSEs, or equivalent)
- The day that students work on their homework may not be the same day as the lesson in which the homework is set. Teachers should be mindful of this when planning the deadline for work to be handed in.
- Guided time per subject is 30-40 minutes and 120-150 minutes per evening.
Option A Subjects
Option B Subjects
Option C Subjects
Option D Subjects
- Teachers have increased time to cover the content-heavy reformed GCSE specifications
- Teachers can re-visit previous learning in lessons, which deepens the pupils’ knowledge and, understanding, improves their recall skills and prepares them better for their final examinations
- Teachers have time in Year 9 to reinforce foundation concepts, which will be built upon as they progress through Years 10 and 11
- Pupils have time to explore higher level content, which helps prepare them for the linear A Levels and equivalent Post-16 courses
- Teachers finish their coverage of the specification by the end of term 2 of Year 11, which allows lesson-time in terms 3, 4 and 5 of Year 11 to focus exclusively on revision
- Pupils are calmer for their GCSE examinations because they feel better prepared.
- We have increased time to run a flexible curriculum that includes enrichment activities, which helps develop our pupils as rounded, lifelong learners
- Year 8 pupils are more engaged because they are focused on the next stage of their learning
- Since we introduced a three-year KS4 in 2014 our pupils have made much better progress at GCSE
- Progress 8 Score – 0.52
- Attainment 8 Score – 53.28
- Percentage of students who’ve achieved grade C or above in English and Mathematics at the end of KS4 – 67%
- Percentage of students who’ve achieved the English Baccalaureate – 23%