Key Stage 4


The KS4 curriculum which students follow from year 9 is based on a pathways approach. It is designed to allow students to choose subjects that are relevant to their aptitude and abilities; lead to courses at 16; be motivating and lead to maximum overall achievement. There are three pathways; different routes which should give students the best chance of achieving their potential, these are:

  • Extended– These students will study subjects which will mean they have the opportunity to achieve the Ebacc qualification .This will mean taking a Language and a Humanity as option choices. They will usually study triple Science.
  • Open– They will need to choose at least one of the following subjects: French, Spanish, Geography, History . They can take more than one of these subjects and may choose a Specialist Vocational course if they wish.
  • Vocational– These students will study a Skills Centre course as one option but will have a free choice for the remaining two options. They will have priority on the Specialist Vocational courses. These courses are for two options and will include Hairdressing, Construction and Motor Vehicle studies.

In addition to the subjects chosen students follow a core curriculum which includes:

  • English
  • Ethics, Philosophy and Religion
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Science

For more information regarding our KS4 Curriculum, please email Gill Endacott or Justine Housecroft   Alternatively, students currently in Year 9 can access their curriculum map by clicking here. Students currently in Year 10 can also access their curriculum map by clicking here and year 11 students can access their curriculum map by clicking here (these documents are subject to change).  For more information regarding curriculum maps, please contact individual Curriculum Team Leaders (email addresses can be found on our staff list).

YEAR 8 OPTIONS (2018-2021)

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During the Spring term, students in year 8 make important decisions concerning the courses they will study in the next year, leading to GCSE, BTEC, and other qualifications. Our Pathways are designed to make those choices more relevant to their aptitude and abilities; lead on to courses at 16; be more motivating and lead to maximum overall achievement. The decisions and choices your child makes will be important for their future careers. It is important that you find out as much information as possible about the courses they are interested in. To help parents and your child, the information in the booklets below will be useful.

A copy of the Options booklet for 2018-2021 can be found below:

A copy of the Options application forms for 2018 can be found below:

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