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Key Stage 4 overview

The Key Stage 4 curriculum is organised to enable students to follow more individual learning programmes that meet their individual needs and aspirations. We provide high quality vocational options, work related learning and work based learning to ensure our students are better prepared for the world of work. Our students have the chance to mix different types of learning, in terms of location of delivery, style of teaching and content.

At Key Stage 4 students are maturing and developing and are more aware of their own strengths and interests. All students make some choices about their programme of study from a diverse selection of opportunities within a broad and balanced framework.

The opportunities provided are part of the overall provision from 14 – 19. Students should see that subjects chosen at Key Stage 4 lead to further opportunities post 16 either in the Sixth Form at Wolfreton or at other post 16 providers. Our BTEC courses help some students experience a different learning environment, and recognise the opportunities for work based learning.

At Key Stage 4 all students must study a core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Humanities, Society and Ethics, PE, and PSHEE (health, sex, careers and citizenship). The most able students also follow Separate Sciences and at least one modern foreign language. Students then choose options from a personalised pathway. These cover a wide range of GCSEs including modern languages, expressive arts, technology subjects and vocational courses.

Our aim is to maximise the potential of every student through the opportunities we provide. This may be through studying groups of similar subjects, choosing a vocational pathway, or continuing with a wide range of subjects.

We place a strong emphasis on the value of work related learning. In addition to our Careers Education programme and our work experience provision, students participate in work related learning activities in their Key Stage 4 courses and participate in tasks to develop their enterprise and employability skills.

For information about our Key Stage 5 curriculum, please see the Sixth Form section of the website.