Key Stage 4 options are selected by students in the Spring term of Year 9 to begin in Year 10. There is a robust options process, involving parents,students and subject teachers. Dialogue enables conversations between all stakeholders to ensure the process is fair and students are able to make informed choices. We have a wide range of both academic and vocational subjects and qualifications on offer at key stage 4 which support the interests of our students along with successful transition to high quality post 16 further and higher destinations.
All students in Years 10 and 11 follow a core curriculum leading to GCSEs in English Language and English Literature; Mathematics; either Combined (double award) Science or the separate triple sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics; Religious Studies; together with a comprehensive PSHE programme and core PE. In addition, all subjects opt for 3 GCSE/applied vocational subjects(*) from a list that includes Geography, History, French, Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, Latin, Fine Art, Photography, Art & Design*, Textiles, Business Studies, Citizenship, Child Development*, Computer Science, Health & Social Care*, Performing Arts*, Sociology and Sports Studies*. Entry to a suite of subjects fulfilling the EBacc criteria is encouraged to provide students with as broad an education as possible before they progress onto further post-16 studies. Adjustments to the standard programme of study enjoyed by the majority of students are made, if appropriate, for a small number of SEND and/or vulnerable students to ensure that they enjoy as much success as possible by the end of KS4.
Our Key Stage 4 curriculum offer and the subjects available complement the post 16 education offer locally and is responsive to the needs of the economy and labour market locally and nationally. Students study subjects which will enable them to transition successfully to the next stage of education and ultimately into employment successfully.