Years 10 and 11
The Breadth with Choice Years
In year 9, students make informed choices about the subjects they will follow to GCSE for the next two years. This means the students have some compulsory subjects (about 60% of their timetable) and some option choices (about 40% of their timetable). English deliver both English Language and Literature in the time allocated.
The compulsory subjects are as follows (the * means not a full GCSE whereas all other subjects are a full course GCSE);
|Subject||Hours per week||Taught in Sets/mixed ability groups|
|Science (Core and Additional)||4||Sets|
|Games||1*||Mixed ability groups|
|IT and Computer use||1*||Sets|
The Option subjects are placed in 5 additional blocks (this means students can choose 5 additional subjects). Each option subject has 2 hours timetabled per week. The process is described in the Options book which you can read on the website. We tailor the choices each year so that students cannot over-specialise and must have a breadth of study. Similarly, we ensure that students who want to take History, Geography and Spanish can. Students wanting to take the three separate sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) can by doing two of these subjects instead of Core and Additional Science and the third as one of their five choices.
Each Option choice leads to a full GCSE in the subject named. The List below, covers the subjects we have in our present year 10 curriculum and a separate list of subjects we offer but in this year did not run through lack of take up by the students.
|Art (Fine Art)||D and T Product Design||Business Studies|
|Art (Textiles)||D and T Resistant Materials||Computer Science|
|Biology||D and T Engineering||I.T.|
|Chemistry||D and T Electronics||Drama|
|PE (sports studies)||Music||History|
We also offered GCSE Graphics, and in recent years have offered other courses. We are demand lead rather than having a fixed KS4 curriculum.
Information about the exam boards the school uses for GCSE exams, including the exam code, can be found here.