KS4 Curriculum

KS4 Intent

KS4 Implementation

KS4 Impact

To prepare young people for further education opportunities and employment; setting them on a path to a positive destination.

  • A blended curriculum offer

  • Academic study in the form of GCSEs and entry level qualifications

  • Vocational qualifications suitable to the needs and potential career pathway of the individual

  • Personal development supported by qualifications

  • CEIAG and employability skills development

Pupils leave with the knowledge, skills and qualifications that take them on to a positive destination.

Pupils maintain a positive destination after leaving the school.

Pupils have secured the expected numeracy and literacy skills to successfully transition into the next stage of adult life.

At Key Stage 4 pupils follow a largely academic programme, with bespoke options to meet pupil need. At the core of the curriculum is personal development, a programme which is delivered through curriculum components and GCSEs, in addition to explicitly taught lessons in PSHE. This includes: careers education; relationship,  health & sex education (RHSE); health & wellbeing; tolerance and diversity; and the global community. The academic offer is broad and enables pupils to access core subjects at GCSE level and a range of other subjects; pupils are able to leave the school with at least 5 GCSEs, including those in English and Maths.

Curriculum Offer:

Accredited Subjects

English
All pupils work towards a qualification in English, with the majority of pupils accessing the full AQA GCSE. The level of qualification is dependent on a pupil's starting point, and/or the length of time they have been on roll. Where a young person cannot access the GCSE, they will work towards an entry-level qualification. 

Maths 
As with English, all pupils work towards a qualification in Maths, with the majority of pupils accessing the full AQA GCSE. Again, where a young person cannot access the GCSE, they will work towards an entry-level qualification. 

Science
Most pupils follow the AQA Science Trilogy GCSE and achieve 2 grades in GCSE Science. An entry-level Science qualification is available for those who are unable to access GCSE level content.


ASDAN CoPE
The ASDAN CoPE qualification is studied by all pupils and comprises of a core study, complemented by short course units in PSHE, History, Cooking and Leadership. The programme can be bespoke to the different needs and interests of pupils and offers an extra opportunity for curriculum choice.


Optional Subjects: English Literature, Art, Sport, Film Studies

Non-Accredited Curriculum

PE
Physical activity and education is made available to pupils on a regular basis. PE usually takes place offsite at local leisure venues to enable pupils to access a broad range of sporting activities

Personal Development
The personal development curriculum comprises: careers education; relationship,  health & sex education (RHSE); health & wellbeing; tolerance and diversity; and the global community. The personal development curriculum is delivered through discreetly taught topics and through cross-curricula and wider curriculum links. Curriculum focus days throughout the year specifically highlight key issues in society and prepare young people for adult life.

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