Students continue to study a broad and balanced Key Stage 4 curriculum in years 10 and 11, preparing for Level 2 qualifications and the rigorous requirements of linear GCSE courses and terminal examinations. Students complete the options process in Year 9 and receive our guidance with parents’ support, to make appropriate decisions.

A core curriculum for all students comprises of:

  • English Language & Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Combined Science or Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
  • Physical Education (Core programme)
  • The tutorial programme and PSHE


  • All students study Mathematics leading to one GCSE


There are two main pathways offered in science:

  • Triple science where students will gain GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Combined science – Double Award where students will gain two GCSEs

Which pathway a student follows will be based on attainment in science lessons as part of continuous assessment throughout KS3 and will be studied during core science time.

Physical Education

All students continue with Physical Education at Key Stage 4 and a variety of activities are offered in line with the National Curriculum.


Students continue their PSHE studies in form time, during assemblies and a lesson a fortnight.

Option Subjects

Students choose which subjects they wish to specialise in for their studies in Years 10 and 11 through the options process which takes place in Year 9. Students must choose at least one from Geography or History and three other subjects.

Option Subjects include: –

  • Art
  • Design & Technology
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Physical Education
  • History
  • Geography
  • Enterprise and Marketing
  • Religious Studies
  • Modern Foreign Languages (French & Spanish)
  • Drama
  • Health & Social Care

Students are able to select subjects across blocks that meet a range of needs and interests.

The English Baccalaureate

Included in the options process, is an opportunity to achieve the English Baccalaureate which is a nationally recognised standard achieved by students who are successful in gaining a GCSE grade 4 or above in the following subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History or Geography
  • Modern Foreign Language.