Information about Upper School
In Key Stage 4 we have five classes, two in Yr10 and Yr11 which follow a formal curriculum and are staffed with a teacher and a TA. While our fifth class of five pupils is a mix of Yr10 and Yr11 pupils and are staffed with a teacher and a TA.
The Key stage 4 curriculum has been developed so it promotes learning by all students that is appropriate for their ability and their interests. All pupils follow a common core curriculum of English, Maths, Science, P.E, Humanities and Sex and Relationships. Each of these subjects follows the current national curriculum.
The pupils also take part in vocational option lessons and the Duke of Edinburgh award. Our vocational options lessons are aimed at the pupils learning general work skills which are transferable to a range of employment sectors. For example, some of the units of work they studied are working as a team, following instructions, health and safety in the workplace, dealing with customers, planning and writing a C.V and how to act in an interview.
As a Key stage we place a high value on educational trips. Trips are seen as essential part of the pupils learning and are used to enhance their understanding and knowledge of the topics they have been studying. We also run a weekly residential trip each year which one year is London and the other year Edale in Derbyshire.
As a key stage we aim to develop the pupils to have aspirations for themselves and for their local community; for them to learn skills which will aid their development in their further education and for them to have a successful and enjoyable life.
Updated curriculum maps to be uploaded soon
- PSHE – The pupils follow a two-year rolling curriculum, which has been designed to meet the current national curriculum standards and requirements. The majority of the topics covered are awarded by either the AQA unit awards or Gateway. The pupils will take part in lessons about Relationships and Sex, careers and the world of work, Drugs and Alcohol mis-use, being safe, e safety and social media and the law and society.
- Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)
- Independent Living
- Duke of Edinburgh
Year 11 is an important time for your son or daughter. During the following year they will be required to produce course work for all subjects and may need to sit an exam or exams. It is important that your child attends school regularly and completes their work to the best of their ability. Most of the pupils’ course work will be completed in school but there may be times when work will need to be sent home for completion. If your child is to sit an exam, then will have opportunities to revise at school but will also be expected to revise at home. Your support and encouragement is appreciated.
Coursework and Examination chart 2017-18
|Subject||Awarding Body||Completion of Course work||Exam Date/s||Predicted grade|
|English||Gateway||June 2018||N/A||Entry Level|
|Maths||Edexcel||May 2018||Date Pending||Entry Level|
|Science||AQA||May 2018||N/A||Entry Level|
|Humanities ( Geography, History and RE)||AQA Unit Awards||On-going throughout the year||N/A||N/A|
|SRE (Sex and Relationships)||AQA Unit Awards||On-going throughout the year||N/A||N/A|
|Independent Living||Gateway||June 2018||N/A||Entry Level|
|Duke of Edinburgh||Duke of Edinburgh – Bronze Award||June 2018||N/A||N/A|