Key Stage 4

Facilitate the growth of existing skills and the nurturing of new ones

We believe that our curriculum is a broad, balanced and creative blend of subjects which enable each individual to develop a range of skills that will equip them for the challenges of the modern world. In planning our curriculum, our intention is to:

  • Devise a curriculum that follows National Curriculum guidelines and statutory requirements
  • Establish a balance between emphasising the importance to students of a traditional curriculum and the desire to offer them a diverse range of subjects that match their interests and skills
  • Encourage students to work towards the new English Baccalaureate standard, invaluable for university applications
  • Ensure that the curriculum is accessible to all pupils; that they experience success whilst being stretched and challenged
  • Allow appropriate choice through guided learning pathways
  • Develop skills relevant for everyday life and the workplace

It is our intention that every learner fulfils their potential.  Learning programmes, intervention strategies, appropriate stretch and challenge and a range of extra-curricular learning opportunities are on offer to facilitate the growth of existing skills and the nurturing of new ones.

Learners continue to study the core subjects of:

  • English Language and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Combined Science or Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Physical Education
  • Morals and Ethics.


Pupils also study four additional subjects or ‘options’.

The option subjects include:

Geography, History, French, Business Studies, Computing, Construction, Health & Social Care, Sport, Art, Photography, Drama, Dance, Music, PE, Psychology, Media Studies, Astronomy, Food & Nutrition, Engineering and Design & Technology

Level 2 courses are offered as either GCSE or BTEC qualifications. 

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