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Overview of KS4


Key stage 4 2016-17

During key stage 4 pupils work towards national qualifications – usually GCSEs, following a core a core curriculum of maths, English, English literature, science, RE and PE.

Pupils select three option subjects from a wide range of GCSE subjects, where an overall aim of ‘Achievement for All’ is reflected in the choices provided. Currently we do not have fixed option blocks. Instead we build our option blocks around the choices that pupils’ make although this is reviewed annually along with the subjects on offer.

The subjects that are offered include art, computer science, design technology (resistant materials) drama, food and nutrition, health and social care, IT, French, geography, history, P.E and Textiles. Option subjects are allocated 6 lessons out of a 50 period two week cycle.
Pupils are taught in sets in maths, English, science and RE similarly to that in KS3 – M and C band where movement is determined by achievement (see policy for setting and banding on the website). In the option subjects pupils are predominantly taught in mixed ability groups.

Year 10 Curriculum Offer / 2016-17

The following shows the curriculum time allocated at KS4 to the various subjects
yr 10 curriculum
The following shows the subjects available for selection from the three option boxes (cope is for pupils who need extra support and time to complete coursework in subjects and require extra help, study support for those pupils identified as may not achieve a level 5 in English and maths.)

Year 11 Curriculum Offer 2016-17

Yr 11 curriculum offer
For some less-able pupils it can be of more benefit to strive for good grades (and hence score more points) in fewer subjects, with the emphasis on doing well in English and mathematics, than to take more subjects but achieve lower grades overall, hence they take ‘Cope’ as an option to get additional time to complete coursework with additional support and help. Similarly those pupils identified as will benefit from additional maths and English to secure a grade 5 partake in ‘Study Support’ as an ‘option’.

Sex relationships education is provided at key stage 3 and key stage 4 and is in line with the Catholic Schools Directory of England and Wales but parents can ask for their children to be taken out of the whole lesson or part of it. An annual Year 9 Health day is delivered by the local Health Care Trust and covers areas such as: contraception and GUM services (Young People Service) STIs (school nurse) Positive relationships, sex and the law, the needs of babies and parenting when too young (health visitors). Every action has consequences (college nurse). There is also liaison with Parents and External Agencies.

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Extra Curricular / enhancements

In addition to the academic curriculum there are a number of enhancements that enrich the curriculum to develop pupils skills an interests in a vast array of areas.

For example after school and lunchtime sporting activities include football, netball and rounder’s teams, handball, athletics, cricket club, gymnastics, archery, dance club fitness clubs and sports leaders to mention a few.

In addition there are Textiles club, Chess club, Science club, Gift team, Music club, school productions and Duke of Edinburgh (KS4), this is not a definitive list.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum booklet 2017-2019

Use the link below to view this booklet



All Year 11 students have log-in details to GCSE Pod to access lots of revision resources.

GCSE Pod Login


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