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Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Years 10 and 11

This booklet describes the curriculum, based on the National Curriculum (NC) at Key Stage 4 (KS4) as it is followed by our students. We hope you will find it helpful in year 9, when choosing from among the options, and useful for reference during KS4.

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Moving from one stage of the National Curriculum to the next is always an important step in a student’s school life and this is particularly true for the girls in Year 9.

We firmly believe that for a successful transition from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4 to be possible, the following points need to be considered:

  • The transition presents both challenges and opportunities;
  • The girls will be expected to show an increased level of maturity and a growing sense of responsibility for their own work and progress;
  • The students will find that the pattern and structure of their curriculum has changed and for the first time, they will have a degree of choice in the subjects they study;
  • Above all, they will face the challenge of preparing for their GCSE examinations at the end of Year 11. The importance of good results at GCSE cannot be over-emphasised in the highly competitive world of higher education and employment;
  • Although changes have been made this year (in accordance with the Progress 8 measures and also following our own internal curriculum review process), we continue to stress the need for the girls to study a balanced curriculum.