In Year 9 students begin the process of choosing the subjects they would like to study in Year 10 and Year 11.
We help students to make good choices in a number of ways:
Good preparation for A Levels and other college courses and assessed mainly through Controlled Assessment and Final Examination.
This is a package of courses (that may include GCSEs and/or BTEC and NVQ). Students will also study an ICT-based qualification and take part in a series of work-related certified courses delivered in school by an external agency. Suitable for Entry Level and Level 1 students. Students cannot choose this pathway directly, but will be invited to take part.
Both pathways include non-examined PE and a Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural, Citizenship and Religious Education programme. Where appropriate students will also be able to access addition support with Maths, English, general coursework, homework and revision.
Whilst we work hard to ensure that students can study their preferred courses at KS4, there are occasions when it is impossible to timetable some combinations of subjects. Sometimes teachers will need to offer further guidance to students to ensure they have chosen appropriately.
Key Stage 4 Options Booklet Jan 2017 version
Note for Parents and Students
The majority of GCSE courses have been revised and a new grading system has been introduced that grades GCSEs from 9-1 (9 being the top grade).
The new Government threshold for success is Grade 5 (strong pass) or Grade 4 (standard pass). For more information about the new grading structure click here.
Criteria set by the Government, which is likely to become the benchmark for FE and HE courses in the future, expects student to achieve good grades in:
"Pupils make strong progress in a wide range of subjects as a result of good teaching." OFSTED 2016