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KS4 Information

The Academy runs a three year key stage 4 curriculum with approximately 670 year 9, 10 and 11 pupils following a range of academic pathways, along with the opportunity to access a wealth of co-curricular activities. Pupils access a fortnightly timetable with 50 periods across the fortnight.

As with key stage 3, pupils are allocated to year group specific form groups, with extensive opportunity to challenge their moral code, cultural understanding and personal awareness through the Theme of the Fortnight programme. 

Whilst the Academy supports the English Baccalaureate, our Key Stage 4 curriculum has been specifically designed to ensure breadth and variety to provide pupils with the knowledge they need to be successful throughout their lives. Through our carefully considered offer, we prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

The curriculum links to the Academy’s assessment setting out clearly what pupils are expected to know, understand and do, and when. Departments continuously change and adapt schemes of learning to promote ‘mastery’ of skills and development of knowledge. (Please refer to Assessment Handbook for information on key assessment procedures.)

Clear pathways ensure that pupils are guided to make appropriate choices and access exceptional provision across a range of subjects and activities. Pupil achievement, career aspirations, social development and personal enjoyment are all taken into account when selecting the appropriate pathway for that child to follow.
 

2016/17 Pathways

Outlined below is the pathway model for pupils undertaking GCSE pathways from 2016/17 with some of the benefits of the process.

• Pathways are not selected solely based upon ability, but are selected based upon the correct provision for individuals and their progress through their academic careers and future aspirations. 

• It provides breadth and balance that enables them to follow the appropriate pathway into key stage 5 education and beyond.  

• Although past, current and future progress were taken into account, personal interests, career paths and social abilities have been a large contributing factor when selecting pupils for pathways. 

• All pupils have access to individual independent advice and guidance to ensure that they have a clear vision for their future and how to be successful in reaching their educational and career related goals.    

 

 

Year 11

Pathway

Band

Qualifications

1

X

Triple Science, 1x Language, 1x Humanity, 1x GCSE/BTEC

2

Y

Double Science, 1x Language, 1x Humanity, 1x GCSE/BTEC

3

Z

Double Science 1x Humanity, 1x BTEC, 1 x BTEC/GCSE

4

W

Entry Science, 2 x BTEC, 1 GCSE/BTEC

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 10

Band

Qualifications

X

Bands contain pupils that have access to the following dependent on their pathway:

Triple Science, 1xhums, 1xlang, 1x GCSE/BTEC

Combined Science, 1xhums, 3x GCSE/BTEC

Combined Science, 1xlang, 3x GCSE/BTEC

Combined Science, 3x GCSE/BTEC, CoPE

Y

 

 

Year 9

Band

Qualifications

X

Bands contain pupils that have access to the following dependent on their pathway:

Triple Science, 1xhums, 1xlang, 1x GCSE/BTEC

Combined Science, 1xhums, 3x GCSE/BTEC

Combined Science, 1xlang, 3x GCSE/BTEC

Combined Science, 3x GCSE/BTEC, CoPE

Y

 

 

Option Choices available

 

GCSE

Exam Board

GCSE

Exam Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English Baccalaureate 

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is a school performance measure. It allows people to see how many pupils get a grade 4 (grade C) or above in the core academic subjects at key stage 4 in any government-funded school.

 

Ebacc subjects

The EBacc is made up of:

• English

• Mathematics

• History or Geography

• the Sciences

• a Language

 

Current Ebacc figures:

• In year 11, 92/174 (52%) have access to the English Baccalaureate

• In year 10, 153/256 (60%)  are undertaking the English Baccalaureate

 

Attainment & Results

% English & Maths 9 - 4

% 9 - 4 Maths

% Entries EBacc

% 9 - 4 English

% Achieving EBacc

Achieving at least 3 A levels at A*-E

Achieving at least 2 A levels at A*-E

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