Our current Year 10 and Year 11 students are involved in a range of two year courses as part of Key Stage 4. As with Key Stage 3, they continue to follow a broad and balanced curriculum but there are some areas of individual choice through the options process they went through at the end of Year 9. Under National Curriculum requirements there are subjects which are compulsory and which all students have to follow and, using the flexibility in the arrangements, we have built in a large degree of choice. The discrete pathways allow students the appropriate blend of challenge and support in their learning.
The Key Stage 4 curriculum provides students with the core knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It aims to provide rigour, high standards and create coherence in what is taught, as well as ensuring that all the students acquire the essential knowledge in the key subject disciplines. It also looks to go beyond core knowledge, allowing teachers to use their professionalism and expertise in helping all students to realise their potential.
Thinking Ahead to University
Whilst university may seem a long way from Key Stage 4, considering what future pathways students may wish to follow is important to help them make informed choices about Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form) study. The Russell Group of Universities have produced a fantastic online resource which is very helpful in guiding students with making informed choices – please click here to access.