Key Stage 4

At Key Stage Four, teaching goes beyond exam specifications with a focus on depth of independent learning with extensive transition to Key Stage 5 a core part of the curriculum. Options at Key Stage 4 are responsive in that they are designed around student choice, rather than pre- determined blocks. 

Students study English Language and English Literature, Mathematics, Science and the majority are guided to choose four additional options. Students also continue to receive Physical Education, Personal Development and Citizenship lessons along with supra curricular days which support the teaching of Religious Education. The Advanced Learner curriculum continues to develop the most able through dedicated Student Guidance Time sessions.

The vast majority of students at Key Stage 4 are encouraged to take History or Geography and many also choose a Modern Foreign Language. Around 60% of students are entered for the English Baccalaureate each year.

*The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is a performance measure showing the proportion of students who achieve a Grade 4 or more in English, maths, a science, history or geography and a language.

Students with additional needs have access to the full range of subjects at GCSE. We offer flexible pathways for a small number of students who may need to take a reduced number of GCSEs or alternative qualifications. These students might use the FlexiPod; this is a hub where students are supported by a qualified teacher as they work on their flexible and bespoke curriculum.

Year 9

Subject Hours per fortnight Comments
English and English Literature 7  
Mathematics 8  
Science 10

Combined and Single Science GCSEs offered.

Option subjects 4 per subject (16) Each option subject receives 4 hours per fortnight. Students 'opt' for four subjects with bespoke guidance to ensure that a balanced curriculum is maintained.
Religious Education 1 This hour is for all students and some students also study RE as a GCSE option.
Personal Development 2  
Physical Education 4  

 Year 10

Subject Hours per fortnight Comments
English and English Literature 8  
Mathematics 8  
Science 10/ 12*

Combined and Single Science GCSEs offered.

*Single Science

Option subjects 4 per subject (16) Each option subject receives 4 hours per fortnight. Students 'opt' for four subjects with bespoke guidance to ensure that a balanced curriculum maintained.
Personal Development 2/ 1*

*Single Science

Physical Education 4/ 3*

*Single Science

Year 11

Subject Hours per fortnight Comments
English and English Literature 8  
Mathematics 8  
Science 10/ 12*

Combined and Single Science GCSEs offered.

*Single Science hours. Two hours are taught as a Friday twilight session once per fortnight.

Option subjects 5 per subject (20) Each option subject receives 5 hours per fortnight.
Physical Education 2  
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