Organisation - Key Stage 4


Each year group is split into three bands (p, q and r) with five tutor groups of approximately sixteen students in each band.


Subject Y10 Hours Y10 Classes Y11 Hours Y11 Classes
English Literature/Language 4 12 4 12
Mathematics 4 12 4 12
Science 6 12 6 12
Physical Education 2 9 2 9
Option A 3 13 3 12
Option B 3 13 3 14
Option C 3 12 3 12
Total 25     25

The KS4 option pools were modified in response to the changes in performance measures and the introduction of Progress 8 and Attain 8. One pool was removed in order to increase time in maths and the options subjects.


Option A Option B Option C
Computing (G) Computing (G)  
  French (G) French (G)
Geography (G) Geography (G Geography (G
History (G) History (G) History (G)
Spanish (G)   Spanish (G)
Art (G) Art (G) Art (G)
Business (B)* Business (B)  
Business (G)   Business (G)
Drama (G)   Drama (G)
Engineering (B) Engineering (B) Engineering (B)
Health & Social Care (B) Health & Social Care (B) Food & Nutrition (G)
ICT (iMedia) Music (G) Health & Social Care (B)
Physical Education (G) Religious Studies (G) ICT (iMedia)
Statistics (G) Physical Education (G) Physical Education (G)
  Product Design (G)  

In the most part students are free to make their own choices within these pools. The vast majority of students must select at least one EBacc subject (Computing, French, Geography, History & Spanish) from the option pools. Students with low levels of attainment in English and mathematics are invited to study the Enterprise Tech Award in pool A and are not required to study an Ebacc subject.

The Business & Enterprise Tech Award in Option Pool A has been designed to allow a further degree of personalisation for a selected group of students. Students on this course will develop both their Enterprise and problem-solving skills as well as experiencing a range of activities designed to develop confidence. As part of the course they will obtain certificates in First Aid at work and Food Hygiene.

The options process begins in January with a series of assemblies, an open evening for parents, and a subject teacher consultation evening. Students receive a routes booklet that explains how the KS4 curriculum is organised and gives detailed information on each course. This programme leads up to a 1:1 appointment with a senior member staff where parents and students have the opportunity to discuss their choice in detail.

A range of qualifications is available within Science. Higher attaining students have access to Triple Science, the rest of the cohort study Combined Science. In English all students study both English Language and English Literature GCSE.  Further Maths GCSE is offered to students through the enrichment programme.


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