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Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, pupils must choose to study GCSE Geography or History and then a further three options from: Art, Photography, French, Spanish, Drama, Music, Philosophical Thinking, PE (GCSE & Cambridge Nationals), DT Resistant Materials, DT Textiles, DT Graphics, Food, Sociology, Business, Computer Science and Media Studies.  Pupils not studying Triple Science will take GCSE Combined Science instead (worth two GCSE grades).  During the options process, we strongly recommend pupils include a language as one of their options in order to achieve the English Baccalaureate.

Subjects allocations at Key Stage 4:


4 hours per week


4 hours per week

Science (Combined & Triple)

5 hours per week in Year 10; 4 hours per week in Year 11

Geography or History

4 hours per week in Year 10; 2 hours per week in Year 11

Option subjects

2 hours per week in Year 10; 3 hours per week in Year 11

Core PE

2 hours per week


PSHE is delivered by tutors through a ‘rolling’ programme across the timetable so the timing of each session will change each week, with all pupils experiencing PSHE at the same time, allowing for a more cohesive programme.

GCSE qualifications have undergone their biggest reform in a generation.  The government and Ofqual have introduced a far reaching programme of change for GCSE qualifications.  The new GCSEs will raise expectations by asking students to develop better subject knowledge, in terms of breadth and depth, by requiring students to develop stronger skills in numeracy and literacy, and by introducing a new number-based (9-1) grading scale.


Year 11 Key to Success Evening Presentation 2023

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Year 9 GCSE Ready Evening Presentation

30th June 2023

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Click below in 'Related Documents' to view the Year 11 Key to Success information.