Which subjects do all students study?
All students will study the following core curriculum
- Science – Combined Science or Triple Science
- Physical Education
- PSHE and Wellbeing
- Religious Education
In addition, Citizenship, Careers, Enterprise and Work-related Learning, Information, Advice and Guidance will be delivered via integration into PSHE and curriculum days.
Pathways Courses and Blocking
The curriculum pathways, which are illustrated below, indicate a number of subjects within each box. Click on the subjects to see more detailed information about them. Students are required to select a subject from each box. The same subject cannot be selected multiple times. Students must select at least one subject from the following:
- Computer Science
Students wishing to study Triple Science should consult with the Head of Faculty (Mr Delve) as this begins in Year 10 rather than Year 9
Pathways+ Courses and Blocking
The curriculum pathways, which are illustrated below, indicate a number of subjects within each box. Click on the subjects to see more detailed information about them. Students are required to select a subject from each box. The same subject cannot be selected multiple times.
Assessment forms an important part of Key Stage 4 courses. It consists of work done throughout the course which counts towards your final examination grade. It may take the form of:
Remember that assessment is:
- spread over the length of the course
- a continuous indicator of how you are doing
- helpful to students who perform less well in examinations
- a good preparation for Post 16 work.
Most courses have an examination at the end of Year 11. Our policy is to enter students for all examinations in which we believe they may achieve a recognised grade.
We require that parents pay for entry for students who the school believes will be unlikely to achieve a recognised grade. The criteria for identifying these students are a poor level of attendance (less than 90% in the last calendar year) and the failure to complete coursework. If a 'parental entry' student does achieve a pass grade then the cost will be reimbursed by the school.
Across the week commencing 21 February, Year 8 students will attend a series of lessons that are ‘tasters’ of what to expect if they were to study that subject at Key Stage 4. By the end of the week, all students will have sampled all of the option subjects available to them and be more informed in their decision making.
All students are invited to a 10-minute personal Pathways appointment, with a member of the Pastoral or Leadership Team, using our virtual parents evening system. This is your opportunity to ask any specific questions you have relating to your child’s pathways preferences.
The link to the online form will be sent to student’s school email address. Students are encouraged to complete the form in conjunction with input from their parents/carers. It is worth remembering that it will not be feasible to offer first choices to all students and therefore it is necessary to choose a backup subject in each block. The deadline for submitting the form is Wednesday 16 March.