In Years 9, 10 and 11 the National Curriculum requirements for Key Stage 4 courses are followed. All pupils study courses leading to GCSE or alternative forms of accreditation such as BTEC. Pupils choose optional courses in addition to their core curriculum to personalise their experience at Key Stage 4.
All pupils from Year 9 onwards are able to study the following subjects required for Progress 8 and the English Baccalaureate:
- English Language and English Literature
- Double or Triple Science
- A Modern Foreign Language
- History and/or Geography
Optional GCSE and vocational courses which pupils enjoy and achieve in are also offered. Currently these include:
- Art GCSE
- Business Studies GCSE
- Food Technology GCSE
- Graphic Design - Level 2
- Physical Education GCSE
All pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 continue to have lessons in Physical Education, PSHCERE/Citizenship and computer-based personalised learning. Pupils whose first language is not English are strongly encouraged to take GCSEs in their first language.
Pupils in Years 9 and 10 are also offered Enrichment options. These are offered every Friday afternoon and will also be available to pupils in Year 11 from next year. These options allow pupils to pursue interests which will not necessarily lead to GCSEs, although additional qualifications can be taken. The emphasis in Enrichment is on pupils enjoying a range of experiences, gaining confidence and preparing for life after school. Educational visits, visiting speakers and some work experience are also possible in Enrichment. The options offer a range of experiences and are organised flexibly to meet the needs of different groups of pupils. Options currently offered are as follows:
GCSE Art (for those unable to select it as part of the GCSE options process)
Study Support for Year 11 pupils
Girls into Engineering
Into Film Club
Introduction to Latin and Roman Studies
Licence to Cook
Photography for Beginners
Physical Education – a wide range of activities both in and out of school
The curriculum is further enriched by event days and an events week at the end of the school year. These involve all pupils and staff in an impressive array of activities and experiences which enrich learning and encourage pupils’ social, spiritual, cultural and moral development.
For 20 minutes every day, form tutors, assisted by support staff, use reflection time to focus on individual learning and progress, discuss current affairs and read.
Personal skills (PSHCERE/Citizenship):
It is the aim of the school to promote the personal and social development of all its pupils and for pupils to be effective citizens. Personal Skills (PSHCERE) is concerned with qualities and attitudes, knowledge and understanding and abilities and skills in relation to oneself and others. As such it is an integral part of all aspects of school life, inside and outside the classroom. All teachers are involved in encouraging effective personal and social development, and the whole curriculum aims to promote this. Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG) becomes more prominent in Personal Skills as the phase progresses. All pupils in Year 10 undertake a week of work experience at the end of the academic year.