Options at Key Stage 4 are responsive in that they are designed around student choice, rather than pre-determined blocks. Students study English Language and English Literature, Mathematics, Science and the majority are guided to choose four additional options. Students also continue to receive Physical Education, Personal Development/RE lessons and dedicated form tutorial time (including assemblies).
The vast majority of students at Key Stage 4 are encouraged to take History or Geography and many also choose a Modern Foreign Language. Currently, around 25% of students are entered for the English Baccalaureate. This figure will increase to 56% by 2024/25.
*The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is a performance measure showing the proportion of students who achieve a Grade 4 or more in English, maths, a science, history or geography and a language.
Students with additional needs have access to the full range of subjects at GCSE. We offer flexible pathways for a small number of students who may need to take alternative qualifications.
Year 9 (in 2021/22 only)
|Subject||Hours per fortnight in 2021/22 only||Comments|
|English and English Literature||8|
|Option Subjects (3)||6|
|Pathway Subject (MFL or RE)||3||Students have chosen an additional option of RE or MFL ( French or Spanish)|
|Subject||Hours per fortnight in 2021/22||Hours per fortnight in 2022/23||Comments|
|English and English Literature||9||8|
|Option Subjects (3)||6||5|
|Option 4 (MFL or RE)||5|
|Subject||Hours per fortnight 2021/22||Hours per fortnight 2022/23||Comments|
|English and English Literature||9||9|
|Option Subjects (3)||6||6|