In Year 9, all students still have a focus on the same core subjects of English, mathematics and science, along with physical education and religious education. Students also start preparing for possible GCSE and Level 2 vocational courses by completing some ‘mini-options’ and spending more time studying these subjects. This involves studying two of computing, geography and history as well as studying two of art, design and technology, drama and music.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)
Students at Key Stage 4 follow a GCSE or vocational syllabus in all subjects except a compulsory two hours a week of physical education in Year 10 and 11 and an hour of Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education per week in Year 10. All students study GCSE English Language, English Literature, mathematics, statistics and combined science. Additional subjects are then chosen from a wide range, usually consisting of: art & design, business, computer science, design & technology, drama, economics, engineering, French, film studies, geography, history, music, PE, Spanish and sport.
Students with an aptitude for science will be offered the chance to take the three separate sciences (instead of the combined science trilogy) during Year 11.
We continually review whether subjects and year groups are taught in mixed ability or classes with setting. This depends on the ability of a particular cohort, the timetable logistics and constraints, any changing syllabus or course demands, along with current research and outcomes. If students are in classes that are set, we continue to review students’ academic ability and take into account a range of academic data.
Extensive arrangements are in place to monitor your son’s progress. This is done through a wide range of assessment procedures and is reported termly in reports. For all year groups there are two main occasions in the school year when parents are invited to meet with their son/ward’s tutor and or subject teachers to discuss academic progress. This is on Progress and Partnership Day (PPD) in October and an annual Parents’ Evening. Please see the school calendar for further information.
Preparation & Progress Activities (Homework)
Activities to be completed outside of lesson time are set regularly by subject teachers – these are called Progress & Partnership Activities (PPA). How much is given depends variously on the year, the nature of the subject, and the teaching group involved. Students can expect PPA to increase as public examinations draw near.