KS4 Curriculum

Key Stage Four Curriculum

Moving from one stage of the National Curriculum to the next is always an important step in a student’s school life and this is particularly true for our pupils in Year 8. We call our option process ‘Pathways’.

Pathways was chosen to specifically name this major event in our pupil’s life as it signifies more clearly the sense in which pupils can select a range of different routes through to the future ambitions.  Each route is different, requiring different skills and demands.

We firmly believe that for a successful transition from Key Stage Three to Key Stage Four to be possible, the following points need to be considered:

  • The transition presents both challenges and opportunities;
  • The pupils will be expected to show an increased level of maturity and a growing sense of responsibility for their own work and progress;
  • The students will find that the pattern and structure of their curriculum has changed and for the first time, they will have a degree of choice in the subjects they study. This can be both an exciting and daunting prospect; so having access to high quality information, advice and guidance is crucial for parents and pupils;
  • Above all, they will face the challenge of preparing for their GCSE examinations at the end of Year 11.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Subject Allocation – Hours per week

  Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Religious Studies 3 3 3
English 4 4 4
Maths 4 4 4
Science 5 5 5
Physical Education 2 2 1
Option choice 1   7  
Option choice 2   7  
Option choice 3   7  

Learning for Life (inc Citizenship) - Each year group has 20 hours a year