Key Stage 4

In Year 10 and 11 pupils undertake courses in core subjects and option subjects. Core subjects are RE, Maths, English Language, English Literature, Science, PE and PSHE.

Options courses include:


  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Drama
  • Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Polish
  • Spanish


  • Health and Social Care
  • ICT
  • Music
  • Sports Science
  • Sports Studies

Pupils are set within RE, Maths, PE and Science and are taught in mixed ability groups in all other subjects.

Pupils have 50 lessons (1 hour) in a 2 week timetable with 5 hours a day and a 20 minute registration/assembly.

In Key Stage 4, GCSE grades are used when assessing and reporting student progress.

The acronym SPADE is used to give feedback to students and ensure that they respond to feedback given. Strengths, problems and actions are fed back to students. They respond in developing their work. The teacher evaluates their improved version and /or their response to the feedback given.

Each year group has access to knowledge organisers for every subject. Pupils are encouraged to use these to prepare for assessments, exams and support home learning.

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