In Key Stage 4, all students study English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, RE and Physical Education (Non-Examination).
All students must also study a Science programme and can choose either Combined Science (equivalent to two GCSEs) or Separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics – with each one equivalent to a full GCSE). Most students will also study Religious Education (GCSE full course), however a small number may instead be offered the opportunity to have some supported study time.
In addition, students also study up to four further ‘option’ subjects (if they choose Separate Sciences this counts as one choice) of which at least one must be either a Humanities subject or a Modern Foreign Language. Subjects that students can choose to study include:
Art (GCSE), Child Development (OCR National), Computing (GCSE), Design and Technology (GCSE or Btec), Drama (GCSE), Film Studies (GCSE), Food Studies (GCSE or WJEC Award), Geography (GCSE), Health and Social Care (OCR National), History (GCSE), ICT (Btec), Media Studies (GCSE), Modern Languages (French and German GCSE), Music (GCSE), Music Technology (RSL Certificate), Physical Education (GCSE), Separate Sciences (GCSE), Sport Studies (OCR National), Textiles (GCSE), Travel and Tourism (Btec).
In making their choices, students are encouraged to consider combinations of subjects that will lead to the completion of the English Baccalaureate, however this is not compulsory.
At the start of Key Stage 4, students are set Target Grades in each subject they are studying. These targets are based on a range of evidence that we have collected, in particular the students' prior attainment during Key Stage 3. As students are assessed through Key Stage 4, their progress is reported in terms of the grades they are expected to achieve at the end of the course, assuming they continue to show similar attitude and effort throughout the course. (See links below for further information.)
Homework (consolidation, extension and enrichment activities outside the classroom) helps to develop independent learning, research skills and personal work disciplines (e.g. time management and planning to meet deadlines) and is set for all students. However, the amount and frequency with which is set is balanced with other important features of a healthy life, such as physical exercise, membership of clubs and other out of school activities. Full details of the expectations for homework are given in the school’s Homework Policy (which is available in the 'Links' section below).
Summer Revision 2020
In order that students can continue to review and consolidate their learning from this year, and particularly from the time of the recent partial closure of the school, we have provided below a set of subject resources so that students can maintain their momentum with their learning and put themselves in the best possible position to immediately start moving forward in September. We would encourage each student to regularly access these materials and have a go at the different activities on a ‘little and often’ basis to keep them going with their learning.
- A Quick Guide to GCSE Changes
- New GCSE Grading Structure
- An introduction to KS4
- KS4 Reporting Information Booklet
- KS4 Study Strategies Booklet
- 'Revision MADE Easy' Summary Notes
- Homework Policy