Key Stage 4 Curriculum

At Key Stage 4 our curriculum provision largely reflects the breadth of study offered in mainstream schools; providing access to a similar range of qualifications. We deliver a core offer that is allied to work-related vocational study, accredited by industry-recognised awarding bodies. Delivery is personalised to mitigate barriers to learning and this might include therapeutic or learning support at different times of a child’s Key Stage 4 experience.

The Core offer is delivered to every pupil:

– English Language GCSE

English Literature GCSE

– Mathematics GCSE

– Science GCSE (double or triple award)

– Citizenship GCSE

– iMedia (computing)

The Vocational offer requires pupils to select two of the following options:

– Art and Design (GCSE)

– Music (GCSE)

– Hospitality (BTEC Level 1 and 2)

– Sport (BTEC Level 1 and 2)

– Hairdressing and Barbering (BTEC Level 1 Diploma)

– Construction (City and Guilds Level 1 Diploma)

– Land Based Studies (City and Guilds Level 1 Diploma)

– Motor Vehicle Studies (ABC Level 1 Diploma)

The Key Stage 4 offer is supplemented by a personal development curriculum that focusses on British Values, wellbeing & mental health, relationships & diversity and living responsibly in the wider world.

The Personal Development Curriculum covers:

– Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

– Relationship & Sex Education (RSE)

– Physical Education (PE)

– Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG)

The principal and leadership team, well supported by the Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust, have provided strong leadership, which has had a positive impact on the school’s effectiveness. As a result, there have been improvements in all areas, most noticeably in pupils’ behaviour and attitudes, the curriculum and in the wider opportunities for pupils.

Ofsted, February 2019

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