Curriculum

Years 10 and 11

At Key Stage 4 most students study 9 GCSE or equivalent qualifications.  The curriculum is highly academic with the EBacc at its core, with the offer of Triple Science, Computer Science and Ancient History, to cater for the needs of the majority of our academically able students, in some years the cohort is 50% Prior Ability Higher.  However, we are a comprehensive school and aim to meet the needs of all ability levels, therefore the vocational is also highly valued, and for most students a mix of subjects is healthy.

At Key Stage 4 students’ study:

  • Maths
  • English Literature and English Language
  • Science (Trilogy or Separate Sciences)
  • A Humanities subject (Geography, History or Ancient History)
  • A Language option (French, Spanish, or a vocational choice for some students)
  • 2 Option subjects

The Option subjects offered to students in 2019 were:

  • GCSE Business Studies
  • BTEC Business Studies
  • GCSE Computer Science
  • Cambridge National Creative iMedia
  • GCSE Religious Education
  • GCSE PE
  • BTEC Sport
  • GCSE Triple Science (Separate Sciences)
  • BTEC Health and Social care
  • GCSE Art
  • GCSE Design and Technology
  • BTEC Performing Arts
  • RSL Music Performance
  • RSL Music Technology
  • GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

In the past students have chosen their Humanities option in Year 8 to allow time for a foundation year in Ancient History.  From 2020, the Humanities option will be taken at the same time as the main option process in Year 9.  However, the Key Stage 3 curriculum in Humanities is being remodelled to ensure students have the right foundations to choose either History, Ancient History or Geography at Key Stage 4.

Useful Resources

2019 Meeting the Challenges of Year 11

12 Techniques – The Life Skills Company 2019

2019 – Making a Success of Year 11 guide for parents booklet