Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

We operate a two-week timetable with twenty-five lessons per week. There are two Curriculum pathways in Key Stage 4; students either follow a Combined Science or a Triple Science pathway. The Triple Science is an accelerated pathway and students have a different number of lessons for English, Mathematics and RE based on this pathway. The link below shows the current Curriculum structure:

Curriculum Plan 2019

Key Stage 4 Courses:

For more information please see the year 9 Options page.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Following consultation in Year 9, students start their Key Stage 4 programme. Most students study:

  • English (Language and Literature)
  • Mathematics
  • Religious Studies GCSE
  • Science (either Combined or Triple Science)
  • At least one Modern Foreign Language.

In addition, students also take two further options from a wide range of subjects. These are reviewed annually but currently include courses in:

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Design Technology
  • Performing Arts
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Geography
  • Health & Social Care
  • History
  • iMedia
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Physical Education

You will find further information about individual subjects on the Year 9 Options page.

In addition to these Options inside the school day students may opt to complete a Microsoft Office Specialist Certification in after school sessions.

Some students, for whom additional support is required, there will be alternate pathways to support them across the curriculum.

Every student is different and the curriculum is reviewed annually in line with national changes as well as the needs of the particular cohort.

As well as examination subjects, all students follow courses in Personal, Social and Health Education and Physical Education.

At all Key Stages, the curriculum extends beyond the fortnightly timetable. There are many opportunities for visits, workshops, guest speakers and enrichment activities which enhance our students’ learning and all-round experience.

Yr 10 KS4 Induction evening:

In September we share further information regarding courses. Please see below for the slides from that presentation.

Year 10 Induction evening 2019

Supporting Revision:

In the Spring half term a parents forum is held to give strategies in supporting students in their revision. This is presented by members of the Mathematics, English and Science departments. Follow the link to view the presentation slides from February 2020.

Year 10 Parents Revision Presentation 11th February 2020

Key Stage 4 Revision Tools – February 2020

In December Dr Squires hosted a revision evening for parents and students focusing on revision skills aimed at revising for Science, but also relevant for other subjects. For a copy of the presentation please see below.

Making revision effective parent presentation

In the lead up to external examinations departments run revision sessions in lunchtimes, after school, on weekends and in school holidays. Please use the link below to access the Revision Calendar, this will be updated regularly throughout the Spring terms as departments add additional revision sessions.

Calendar available during the second half of the Spring term

Tiers of Entry:

There remain tiers of entry for 4 subjects at Key Stage 4. There are tiers in Maths, Science, French and German. For further guidance please see the attached document:

Tiers of entry

Year 10 Mock Examinations:

The Year 10 Mock examinations will be taking place in the Spring/Summer term, dates will be updated on here once available.

Year 11 Trial Examinations:

The Year 11 trial examinations will be taking place from 1st to 15th December. The full timetable of examinations can be accessed below:

Year 11 Trial Exam Timetable December 2021

Year 11 External Examinations:

Details regarding the Summer examinations will be available in the Spring term

Details regarding the summer examination period are in the letter below:

Available in the Spring Term