Key Stage 4

Head of Key Stage 4:
Mr Andy Jackson

The Key Stage 4 Curriculum is based on four principles, that it should be:

  • broad
  • balanced
  • relevant
  • personalised

It is broad so that pupils can experience a range of opportunities across the curriculum; balanced because it is unwise for pupils to narrow down their options before the age of 16; relevant to pupils individual needs and to the demands of a rapidly-changing world; and personalised so that the level and type of work are suited to the ability and learning style of each individual pupil.

Following these longstanding principles, the curriculum will stand our pupils in good stead during the current period of great educational change. This year we have further enhanced time for the core subjects of English and Maths. As a Church School, it is right that all pupils take GCSE RE. The time for PE recognises the importance of health and fitness in our lives. It is a reflection of the global community to which our pupils are heirs, that all pupils should study Science, and that all have the opportunity to become confident in a foreign language. In response to government curriculum changes, the options are fewer than in previous years but give more time to enable study in greater depth. Within this framework, which can accommodate the ‘English Baccalaureate’, pupils can take between six and nine GCSEs according to their abilities. It thus offers flexibility and choice within a guided structure.

The 14-16 Options Booklet 2017-2019 was published in January 2017.

Parents of pupils taking their GCSEs may find the GCSE Factsheet for Parents helpful as it explains the new grading system