In Key Stage 4, we provide a broad, ambitious and inclusive curriculum that prepares students for a variety of post-16 opportunities and enables them to develop the life-long learning skills that are required by colleges, universities and employers. We aim to deliver a personalised curriculum for every child that is suited to their abilities and interests, talents and needs. The learning route that each student takes will be based on consultation between students, parents and carers, class teachers and members of the Senior Leadership Team. Discussions will focus on the suitability and demands of each subject.
In addition to a ‘core curriculum’ of compulsory subjects, students have the option to choose from a wide range of additional subjects during the Year 9 Options process so that:
students can select a curriculum that leads to a range of choices and opportunities for post-16 study
all students have the opportunity to study an academic curriculum and achieve the EBaccalaureate
we can provide vocational and career-focused learning, incorporating technical courses and a personalised curriculum
Curriculum Pathways in Key Stage 4 (Year 10 & 11)
To ensure that the curriculum provided meets the needs of all students, our Year 9 Options process guides students into one of three curriculum pathways:
Ebacc Pathway – ensures a broad and rigorous academic curriculum that includes the study of at least one Modern Foreign Language
Open Pathway – provides a wide choice of subjects based on a broad academic foundation
Success Pathway – a highly personalised curriculum designed to support students’ wider needs
All students will study:
Science Trilogy (unless opting for Separate Science)
Physical Education (non-examined)
All students also continue with our Personal Development curriculum which includes SMSC, PSHE, RE, Careers and Relationships, Sex and Health Education.
Students may choose from a wide range of additional subjects alongside their Core Curriculum.
Food Preparation & Nutrition
Key Stage 4 Options Process (Year 9)
In Year 9, students take part in the Options process in order to choose from a range of additional subjects to accompany their Core Curriculum. We aim to ensure that students, parents and carers are able to make well-informed decisions with the guidance of support of teachers and senior leaders. Please take some time to look through the information below when discussing your child's future choices.