Key Stage 4
“A tremendously strong ethos, which combines high expectations with high levels of support, means that progress towards impressive levels of attainment in GCSE examinations is very strong in all year groups.” OFSTED
We aim to provide a balanced curriculum and in Key Stage 4 girls study 10 GCSEs. Pupils study the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, one Foreign Language and ICT. They will be required to select either Geography or History. Options provide opportunity to choose additional subjects of particular interest, including Art, Drama, Design Technology, Economics and Music. Pupils can also opt to take more than one language or science.
The curriculum is supported by a broad PSHE programme, which covers: Relationships, Economic Capabilities and Financial Literacy, World of Work, Personal Well-Being, Citizenship and Academic Performance. These topics are delivered by the Form Tutor and visiting speakers, which include The Police, Fire Service, Alcohol, Drug and Community Agencies, including Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. Weekly assemblies provide additional information on key aspects of the year, both academic and extra-curricular. Each form will put on an assembly during the year.
Pupils have a Form Tutor to support them through their GCSE studies, and offer them guidance and support, with additional pastoral support available through the Pastoral Support Assistant and Director of Achievement.
At Key Stage 4, girls are provided with a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities. These include Duke of Edinburgh Awards and CCF, which can be carried on in the Sixth Form. Arts Award and Sports Leaders, plus many more Sport, Music, Art and Drama clubs are also on offer.
During Year 10, all pupils participate in a two day enterprise event, looking at life choices, finance and business. In Year 11 girls will undertake a work experience placement.
In addition continuous advice and support is provided in exam, A Level and career choices.
Also see related pages: Academic Curriculum