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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 or 11 GCSEs. Pupils study the core subjects of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, RS and one Foreign Language; they are then required to select either Geography or History. Most pupils sit three separate GCSE Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), whilst a small number (approximately 20 annually) sit Double Award Combined Science. Options provide opportunity to choose additional subjects of particular interest, including Art, Computing, Drama, Design Technology, Economics and Music. Pupils can opt to take both Geography and History, and can study more than one language.

The curriculum is supported by a broad PSHE programme, which covers: Relationships, Personal Well-Being, Citizenship and Academic Performance. These topics are delivered by the Form Tutor and visiting speakers, which include The Fire Service, local charities and community agencies, including The Spire Hospital . 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.

Pastoral Support
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.

Extra Curricular
At Key Stage 4, girls are provided with a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities. These include CCF, Arts Award and Sports Leaders, all of which can be carried on in the Sixth Form, plus many Sport, Music, Art and Drama clubs are on offer.

Careers, Information and Guidance
During Year 10, all pupils participate in a one day enterprise event, looking at life choices, finance and business. Year 10 girls are offered the opportunity of undergoing the Morrisby Online psychometric testing which can help when making career choices. The Morrisby Organisation also produces the FastTomato software to which all girls are introduced during Year 9, and is a very useful resource. Year 11 girls are given a one to one appointment with Mrs Elinson, the Independent Careers Adviser, when they can explore ways of researching careers, and receive advice and guidance about their career path. All 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: Curriculum and Prospectus