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Key Stage 4  

During Key Stage 4, the curriculum builds on the subjects and activities of Years 7, 8 and 9 links with the proposed post-16 curriculum, and is served by the same core principles – with each child:

  • being treated as a unique individual with a personalised curriculum
  • enjoying positive relationships between students and staff
  • experiencing an enabling environment that stimulates learning
  • discovering innovative approaches to learning and personal development both as a team leader and a team player


Subjects and Themes

The core curriculum will be based around the English Baccalaureate and include English, Mathematics, Science, foreign and classical Languages, Humanities (History and Geography) and ethics. It will also offer a range of option choices in Performing Arts – Dance, Drama and Music, in PE and other foundation subjects such as art, business studies, economics, photography, media, design technology and IT.

The following will comprise the core, GCSE curriculum, ratified by the Board of Governors, for all students going into year 10: 

English (Language)


Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (RE)

Chemistry (plus either biology or physics or both) – at least two sciences must be studied

History or geography (both can be studied if chosen through the Options below)

PE (Core – non-examined for all students. GCSE PE is an additional Option Choice - below)

Students must then choose 6 options (or 5 if they have chosen to do ALL THREE sciences) from the following list – out of this list, a language is RECOMMENDED for most students: 

English Literature, IT (computing), Design technology (graphics), business & economics, geography, history, art, music, dance, drama, citizenship, media, Spanish, French, PE, Sanskrit, photography, hospitality and catering.

Each student will be offered an academic tutor who will guide them and their parents on the choices to be made at the end of Year 9 to ensure they make an appropriate selection to suit their individual interests and aptitudes.

For guidance on study at Key Stage 4, please see the CHOICES booklet via the link below.


Year 9: Key Stage 4 CHOICES »


Extra-curricular activities

A lively and engaging extra-curricular programme will operate after school on three nights of the week and will be staffed by members of the school community, volunteers and professionals. These activities will aim to stimulate curiosity, inform and generate a lifelong love of learning alongside developing new hobbies, interests and skills that can also be accredited. Music tuition will be a key part of this programme, leading to the formation of high-class performance ensembles. Duke of Edinburgh will run and we plan to apply to run a CCF Cadet Force for older children.

Both the core and extended curricula and the extra-curricular programmes will be supported by a well-stocked library and research facility, and state-of-the-art ICT systems.

The spiritual development of students will be a core element of all programmes, though most obviously evident in the newly-devised ethics course which currently builds from Reception right through to Year 9. The course, resting on a Hindu foundation, reflecting the school faith designation, will also embrace a comparative study of all major world religions, critical thinking and the development of an informed moral code that produces a strong sense of individual responsibility and accountable citizenship within the community.

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