KS4 Curriculum

KS4 Curriculum Allocation and Organisation

Learners are taught in year-specific, mixed ability groups of up to 8 and teaching staff are reflective and plan accordingly for learners’ individual needs.  Each lesson is 55 minutes long.

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum is designed to give every learner access to a range of recognised and externally accredited qualifications that include both academic and vocational subjects.  Emotional Literacy is delivered through PSHE and individual interventions as well as within lessons.  Year 10 learners also have sessions for Taught Emotional Literacy (TEL).

We expect every learner to achieve a qualification in English and maths as a minimum, whether this is at entry level or GCSE.  Our curriculum also includes opportunities to study art and/or photography; drama; health & social care; history; PE; psychology and science as well as other accredited course identified as relevant to our learners. The programmes of study include GCSEs, iGCSEs, Entry level, Level 1 and Level 2 (various) vocational qualifications, Open Awards and BTECs.

We incorporate work-related learning (WRL) and in Y11 vocational placements into our weekly timetable so that our learners have real-life work place learning experience to support their progress to further education, employment and training.  Most full time learners typically follow our standard offer outlined below which shows the number of lessons allocated per week:

Core Curriculum Extended Curriculum
Y10 Y11 Y10 Y11
Cooking 1 1 ICT 1 N/a
English 4 N/a Options 3 3
Maths 4 4 Outdoor Education 1.5 1
PSHE 1 1 P4C 1 1
Science 3 3 PE 1 N/a
TEL 1 N/a Vocational N/a 1 day
WRL 1.5 1

Personalisation – Y11 only

If a learner joins us late in year 11 and they have been studying something not usually available within our curriculum offer (e.g. a modern foreign language GCSE), we will try hard to provide a continuation of that subject whenever possible.  We are not able to do this for hard technology subjects e.g engineering.