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The Key Stage 4 Curriculum

4LHH Curriculum Overviews

4MS Curriculum Overviews

4KE Curriculum Overviews

Staff and Tutor Groups


Within Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) we have a committed, professional and caring team of teachers and teaching assistants.


The full content of the curriculum for each class, for every subject, for the full academic year can be found by clicking the links to the documents above


We have 3 classes:

4MS: Form teacher: Mr Spence, supported by Miss Callighan

4KE: Form teacher: Mrs Easton (Key Stage Leader), supported by Miss Yvonne Raynor

4LHH: Form  teacher Mrs Hayhurst, supported by Mrs Susie Hutchinson and Mr Liam Sutcliffe

Form groups meet first thing in the morning and then after lunch for registration. This time is allocated to pastoral support and specific intervention programmes.


Form teachers then deliver daily phonics lessons which allows dedicated time for pupils to work on particular stages of sounds, spellings, reading and writing, specific to their learning needs.


The Curriculum

The curriculum in KS4 offers an increase in emphasis on a personalised timetable of accreditation in accordance with pupils’ ability and individual learning style. Pupils are taught in year groups for some subjects and in mixed age groups for English and mathematics.The curriculum and accreditation offered is differentiated according to the needs of the pupil to provide sufficient challenge and support. Provision also considers the transition to post 16 placements.


Pupils are taught Maths, English, Careers, RE, PSHE and aspects of the ASDAN Development Programmes by the form tutor. Science, Cooking and Nutrition, Computing, PE, Music, Design Technology, Horticulture and Art and Design are taught by specialist tutors.


The ASDAN Transition Challenge Program is delivered to a mixed year group and includes Maths and English within the teaching sessions by the same tutor. This program is delivered to those pupils who have additional learning needs and styles and involves a greater emphasis on life skills.



At Entry Level the qualification selection includes Maths, English, Science, Functional Skills ICT, PSHE, D.T, Art & Design and Cooking and Nutrition.

Level 1 qualifications include Functional Skills Maths, Functional Skills English, Functional Skills ICT and Careers and Experiencing Work.

Pupils also complete ASDAN Personal Development Programmes across curriculum areas and the Transition Challenge Award. These are linked to a wide range of curriculum areas in addition to work related learning and employability, Careers Education, Work Experience, Enterprise Education, and College Links Courses.

The school also offers individual units of accreditation/certification across a wide range of subjects and life skills through the AQA Unit Award Scheme.


This curriculum entitlement will allow all learners, irrespective of need, ability or disability to follow a progressive pathway linked to Core and Foundation Learning subjects, vocational and personal development routes.


The curriculum in KS4 concentrates on pupils acquiring basic skills with a focus on accreditation, vocational learning and healthy lifestyles. It also works towards pupils' increased independence both in their learning and life skills as they prepare for their transition to college, work based learning or continuing education.


College Links Courses

Pupils in year 10 attend college taster sessions every Thursday afternoon and year 11 every Friday afternoon. These sessions help pupils to understand their post 16 options and increase their independence with both learning and life skills. Representatives from the Colleges and Further Education providers attend the year 11 Annual Review where the pupils’ transition to their post 16 placement can be discussed in more depth. Further details about the course content for the year can be found in the links below.


Assessment, Target Setting and Interventions

All pupils are assessed regularly so that pupils, staff and parents have accurate information on their progress. Through the setting of daily learning intentions across the curriculum, personal targets, IEP and termly B Squared and Annual Review Targets, pupils can work towards achieving their goals. Interventions are set so that pupils can receive additional support to achieve their targets. Further timetabled interventions include communication, speech and language sessions, physiotherapy programmes and social skills development.


Home Learning

All pupils have a home/school reading book which they are expected to read at home at least three times per week.

Maths homework will be sent home weekly, including MYMATHS and Maths Rockstars online homework.

Spellings and sentence structure activities will be sent out weekly.

English learning will be sent home weekly.

Additional home learning may be sent home to provide further challenge for your child across subject areas.


All pupils have a personal diary with details of their home learning and when it is to be handed in. Parents are asked to read and sign their child’s diary and include any questions or comments they may have. Diaries are handed in each Monday for the class tutor to sign and answer any questions or comments that may have been included. Messages can also be sent via Class Dojo.

For the full content of the curriculum, please refer to the PDF documents below.

Key Stage 4 Accreditation Courses



Exam Board 







Step Up to English 

Entry Level 

Level 1 Functional Skills 

Life Skills Challenge 





Entry Level 

Level 1 Functional Skills 

Life Skills Challenge 



Entry Level



Entry Level 



Short Course 

Life Skills Challenge 



Raising Aspirations 

Short Course 

Job Junction 

Art and Design


Arts Award Bronze 

Arts Award Discover & Explore 

Cooking and Nutrition


Life Skills Challenges 




Enterprise Short Course 

Life Skills Challenge 



Arts Award Bronze 

Arts Award Discover & Explore 

Curriculum as a whole 

Duke of Edinburgh Award 



D of E Bronze Award 


Transition Challenge Award 

Unit Awards 


Contact Us

We welcome contact with all our parents and carers. Should anyone wish to speak to member of staff for more information about the KS4 curriculum, or any other matter, please contact our school office.

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