Key Stage 4 Overview
From September 2021 we started a phased transition in a two-year GCSE. As of September 2022 our Year 10 and 11 cohorts are studying GCSEs and our Year 9 cohort select their GCSE Options for a two year programme of study.
All pupils follow the National Curriculum Core subjects, English, Maths and Science. The ‘entitlement’ areas of Humanities, Languages, the Arts and Design Technology are accessible through courses in the foundation subjects: - Art & Design, Design Technology, Geography, History, ICT, Music, MFL, PE and Citizenship.
Our courses lead to a range of approved qualifications. Full Course GCSE, BTEC, the flexibility to combine courses in order to achieve the English Baccalaureate, and City and Guilds Level 2 vocationally related qualifications.
A full IAG programme supports pupils in their curriculum decisions for KS4. The Pastoral Leader for the cohort is key to the process and is supported in providing guidance through the cohort analysis provided by the school's Data Manager.
In English and Maths, students are set by ability. Science offers Double Science and Triple Science. In all other subjects students are usually taught in mixed ability groups. How students are grouped is at the discretion of the Head of Department in discussion with the Senior Leadership Team and Data Manager. Curriculum models provide HODs with the flexibility to adjust pupils' 'sets'.
As at KS4, Learning Support is attached to groups or individual students in class as appropriate.
Religious Education: All students are taught the locally agreed syllabus, SACRE (Standing Advisory Committee for Religious Education) and follow a short GCSE (not examined) or a full GCSE course. We acknowledge parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education lessons.
Work related learning and Careers Education: A programme of Careers Education for pupils in KS4 is followed through PSHE, Citizenship lessons and/or our 'allocated PSHE slots'. The Careers programme helps pupils to choose and prepare for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in education training and employment. A part time Independent Careers Officer is available in school.
PSHE and related areas: PSHE, SMSC, British values and Keeping safe are included. Philosophy and Religion (PR) is taught following the Shropshire SACRE Agreed Syllabus and Health Education (including Sex Education) which is partially taught through Science.
Work Related Learning: Several areas of the school curriculum deliver key aspects of the Work Related Learning entitlement. .
Personalised Learning: Beyond supporting ability groups, learning styles and students interests we occasionally provide 'bespoke' curriculum provision for students with specific individual needs. Students may be withdrawn from elements of the curriculum and provided with bespoke programmes through our Pastoral Support team.