The KS4 curriculum is based on a pathways approach. It is designed to allow students to choose subjects that are relevant to their aptitude and abilities; lead to courses at post 16; be motivating and lead to maximum overall achievement.
There are three pathways: these different routes aim to give students the best chance of achieving their potential. These are:
Extended: Students on the Extended Pathway have 4 choices to make. In line with the DfE’s recent guidelines to schools, Extended Pathway students are expected to study Ebacc subjects: these are English, Maths, Science, History or Geography, French or Spanish. English, Maths and Science are part of the core curriculum, which all students will study, but Extended Pathway students will need to select either History or Geography, and either French or Spanish in their choices.
Open: Students on the Open Pathway have 4 choices to make. In line with the DfE’s recent guidelines to schools, they may wish to study Ebacc subjects: these are English, Maths, Science, History or Geography, French or Spanish. English, Maths and Science are part of the core curriculum, which all students will study. Open Pathway students will need to select either History, Geography, French or Spanish in their choices to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum.
Vocational: These students will study a Skills Centre course as one option but will have a free choice for the remaining two options. They will have priority on the Vocational courses. These courses will include Hairdressing, Construction and Motor Vehicle studies.
In addition to the subjects chose, students follow a core curriculum which include:
- Ethics, Philosophy and Religion
- Physical Education
A full programme of information and guidance is in place to help students make appropriate choices and to allow you to support them in this. In order to help curriculum planning for the new courses, each student will complete a straw poll survey of possible option choices at the end of January. The indications your child makes in this poll will not commit them to any definite decisions, but this helps us determine what courses to offer and to begin to establish a curriculum plan for next year. Students do not have to confirm their options choices formally until after the options evening.
For further information regarding individual subjects please contact the Head of Faculty by email. Email addresses can be found on our staff list.