When students reach Year 9, they start a new phase of their education called Key Stage 4. During their three years of Key Stage 4, students are able to study subjects of their choice, alongside the core subjects required by the National Curriculum.
At this stage of their education, our students are growing in independence and are forming ideas about their future career paths. Choosing options gives students the chance to focus on subjects they most enjoy, choose the subjects they feel will most benefit them, and even to try new subjects they haven’t studied before.
At our academy, we ask students to choose three options subjects. Additionally, students continue with Computing & ICT; English Language; English Literature; Mathematics; Physical Education; Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education; Religious Education; Science.
Whichever route they take, students are all able to gain a minimum of the equivalent of 5 GCSE grades A* to G, however, options are such that it is possible for students to gain significantly more qualifications. All students have the option to complete the English Baccalaureate by studying any of Geography, History, Computer Science or Spanish; for most students this is mandatory.
During Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11), all students engage Work-Related Learning across the curriculum, as well as following a programme of Careers Education Guidance, which is led by a team of subject specialists and which involves outside agencies. In Year 11, all students complete a week’s Work Experience as part of their educational entitlement.
How students choose their options
During the Spring of Year 9, students and their parents are given comprehensive information and guidance about individual choices to be made about precisely which combination of subjects to study between the ages of 14 and 19, with provision being made for both vocational and traditional courses. Parents are asked to play a key role, in partnership with staff, to help the students make the best decisions.
A booklet explaining the courses is produced annually. You and your child are invited to meet the staff one evening for information and discussion. Subject teachers and form tutors are involved in a program of guidance for students and we are happy to discuss any queries with parents individually.