KS4 – Over Three Years
We have worked hard to accelerate the pace of learning and progress. Students chose option subjects at the end of Year 8 and, while planning a broad and balanced curriculum, begin GCSE courses in Year 9 alongside subjects which ensure they do not lose the breadth of curriculum as they transition into KS4.
At KS4 students will study a number of GCSEs; all will do English Language and Literature, Maths and Science, either discreet Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Additional and Core, and RE. We are able to offer a wide range of option choices to complete their curriculum; EBacc subjects including History, Geography and Spanish, and vocational options at alternative providers such as Construction, Motor Vehicles and Catering. Other choices which are popular include PE Studies, Art and Design and Resistant Materials. ICT user skills is embedded within subjects and our students study for an ICT qualification in year 11. Students also have access to Unifrog, a careers information system that is IT based.
Our collaboration with Beacon Hill School, which is also part of our Federation, allows us to offer subjects that we could not offer before – e.g. students can travel to Beacon Hill to undertake BTEC Engineering, and Beacon Hill students join us for Geography and History lessons.
As well as exam subjects, our students also have Careers Information and Guidance lessons, and access our Religious Education curriculum.
Because we are small, we are able to work flexibly with the students to make sure the range and number of their options suits their interests and abilities. There is no one size fits all education, and we are proud of the fact we can offer a personalised curriculum where every child is considered individually.