2) Key Stage 4
In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11), all students study the core curriculum subjects. These are:
- Physical Education (PE)
- Philosophy for Life
In addition students are strongly encouraged to study French AND history or geography. This combination of subjects would enable a student to meet the requirements of the EBacc (the English Baccalaureate) which allows access to additional opportunities in the future. Students can choose to do all three subjects together (French, history and geography) should they wish.
Students then have two additional choices made from the following subjects:
- Art and Design (GCSE)
- Business (GCSE)
- Computer Science (GCSE)
- Creative Media Production (BTEC)
- Economics (GCSE)
- Geography (GCSE)
- Health and Social Care (BTEC)
- History (GCSE)
- Hospitality and Catering (WJEC Award)
- Information Technology (Cambridge National)
- Performing Arts (BTEC)
- Photography (GCSE)
- Religion and Philosophy/Religious Studies (GCSE)
- Sport Science (Cambridge National)
- Textiles (GCSE)
For students in Year 9 the process of how to choose options will begin in the Spring Term. To find out more about this process, please visit our page dedicated to the KS4 options process.
In addition to the option to study Computer Science, Information Technology and Creative Media Production, all students are taught the compulsory elements of the National Curriculum for Computing at Key Stage 4. This provision is supported with dedicated assemblies as well as through cross-curricular approaches.
In addition to the option to study Religion and Philosophy/Religious Studies, all students are taught the compulsory elements of the National Curriculum for religious education (RE), citizenship and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education. This provision is supported with dedicated assemblies as well as through Philosophy for Life lessons, mentor time activities, collapsed curriculum events and cross-curricular approaches.
Parents and carers have the right to request that their children be exempted from attending assemblies of a religious nature and RE lessons on the grounds of religious belief. In addition, parents and carers also have a right to request the withdrawal of their child from aspects of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) providing that they do not form part of the National Curriculum. Any comments or concerns relating to the implementation of the National Curriculum or the provision of Religious Education should be directed to the school in the first instance. Further information about our provision for statutory RSE can be found on our RSE consultation page.