Overview of KS4

Key Stage 4 Pathway Subjects

To view all of the courses available at Key Stage 4, please click to read our Key Stage 4 Pathways Information Booklet 2018/2019

Pathways choices forms 2018 for Core and Extension can be downloaded below. 

Each student studies a core set of subjects (English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Combined Science, Personal Development and Physical Education).  

In order to get a balanced curriculum, students are advised to consider the merits of choosing subjects from a range of categories.  Students will be asked to pick three or four optional courses depending on pathway, one must be an EBacc subject.  The majority of students will also gain two or three GCSE qualifications in Science, depending on option choices. 

What are EBacc subjects?:

•       Triple Science

•       History

•       Geography

•       French

•       Spanish

•       Computer Science   

A structured programme of advice and guidance which includes asseblies, one-to-one meetings and access to resources ensures that students choose subjects that will:

  • Provide appropriate routes for their needs.
  • Increase the opportunities available to them post-16.
  • Increase their chances of achieving the best possible examination grades.

The following list is typical of the courses on offer, but is subject to change to meet the requirements of our individual students. All are GCSE unless otherwise stated.

Design & Technology

Level 2 Technical Award in Fashion and Textiles

Level 2 Technical Award in Catering

Level 2 Technical Award in Materials Technology (Resistant Materials)

Engineering

 

Textiles

Expressive Arts

Art & Design

Drama

Music

 

 

Humanities

Geography

History

Religious Studies -Philosophy & Ethics

Sociology

 

Modern Languages

French

Spanish

 

   

Other GCSE options

Business Studies

Computing

Economics

Media Studies

Separate Science*

 

Sports Studies

Psychology      

Applied

Health & Social Care BTEC

 

ICT (Cambridge Nationals)

 

Business BTEC

 

 

 
Please contact Mr Adams, Deputy Head if you want more information about any aspect of the school’s curriculum including specific documents listed here.
 

Click here for a summary of the school’s curriculum vision.

Aspects of sex education continue to be taught throughout KS4 as part of the Science and Personal Development programmes. Students are encouraged to have a regard for moral considerations and the value of family life. Material is presented in a non-threatening way. Students are not asked questions of a personal and private nature. Discussion of moral issues, however, is encouraged. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from the sex education programme and should do so in writing to Mr Adams, Deputy Head.

Assemblies are non-denominational in character and it is hoped that parents will not withdraw their children on religious grounds. If parents wish to do so they must contact the Headteacher, Mr G M Watson.