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Key Stage 4

Category: Key Stage 4 Published: Sunday, 26 January 2014


Key stage 4 consists of two year groups – Year 10 and Year 11 (14-16 year olds). There are two tutor groups in each year.

As part of the transition from KS3 to KS4, the planning includes supporting the students as they choose options towards their accreditation. There are a range of subjects which have nationally recognized accreditation including English, Maths, Science, ICT, PE and City & Guilds qualification Employability and Personal development. These courses start in Y10 and last for two years.

All students take part in the Vocational Education programme which runs all day on Fridays. Students choose between a range of activities which lasts for 6 weeks. Over the course of two years they take part in ten or more different units. Students also have a chance to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. This is run in KS4 and in the Sixth Form. This is a very prestigious award recognised by colleges and employers.

Transition to Post 16
The school leaving age is now set at 18 but students still have a choice at aged 16 to decide where they continue their education and training. As part of the KS4 curriculum we help students prepare to make choices which affect their futures. We work closely with our local colleges to make the most of the transition opportunities and enable the students and parents to make informed decisions about what happens after Y11. We arrange college visits and link days for students wishing to move on at the end of Y11 as well as induction and preparation for moving to our Sixth Form.

Please also see our transition page here


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