At Key Stage 4, the majority of students follow courses that generally lead to nine GCSEs (or their equivalent). As with all areas of school life, teaching and learning is under-pinned by our ALIVE values (see link on the front page), particularly ‘I value faith’, ‘I value myself’, ‘I am questioning’, ‘I am creative’ and ‘I can communicate’.

All students take GCSEs in English (Language and Literature), Mathematics and Combined Science. So much communication in our society is driven by fluency in these areas and we want all students to be equipped and confident. As a faith school, we believe that it is important for all of our students, regardless of their faith, to understand the value of faith in the world and be knowledgeable about and sensitive towards people of faiths other than their own. This is underlined in one of our ALIVE themes: ‘I value faith’. For this reason, GCSE Religious Education (RE) is also compulsory for all students. There are also non-examined lessons in Physical Education and Values in Practice, which covers personal, social, health and economic education, careers and citizenship education and enables students to understand how to make important life decisions from the position of the values that they hold. For further details of the Values in Practice curriculum please see this overview.

Three additional GCSE choices can be made. All students must choose one subject from History, Geography, Separate Sciences, French, German or Spanish. Two more choices can be made from these or our other options subjects: Computer Science, Design Technology Product Design, Textiles, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Art, Photography, Music, Physical Education, Business Studies, Media Studies and Drama or Technical Awards in Health and Social Care or Child Development. This allows our students to maintain a wide balance of subjects, particularly as RE is compulsory, as well as providing a wide range of arts and technical subjects. We feel that this is essential for a school that is at the centre of such a vibrant, multi-cultural city with a strong reputation for the media and the arts, including television, animation, art and music, as well as being a hub for engineering and financial services. Our ‘I am creative’, ‘I am questioning’ and ‘I value myself’ ALIVE themes emphasise our belief that young people should be given the opportunity to choose subjects that help them to reflect upon and develop their talents and where these might lead them in the future.

We do not put students into ‘streams’ or pathways as we believe that young people should keep their options open and be able to maintain high aspirations. The balance of structure and choice in KS4 keeps the doors to university, top quality apprenticeships or employment open to all students.

Students in Year 10 receive a booklet of coursework and homework information for the GCSE courses and this can be viewed here. The 2017-2019 booklet, relevant to Year 11 students, can be viewed here. For further information on coursework and homework at Key Stage 4, see our Homework page.


Assessment Schedules
The following tables show the planned schedule for assessments in year 10 and year 11. Please note that these are for guidance and the exact assessment periods for some subjects may change, particularly for subjects in which different teaching groups do assessments at different times.

 

Year 10 Schedule

  Year 11 Schedule
 
 
Download the Year 10 schedule   Download the Year 11 schedule
     

The Year 11 Mock Exam Timetable
The Year 11 Mock Exam Timetable will be published when it is available on the Exams page.


Moodle - VLE
In addition to other learning resources, our Moodle VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) has revision pages for GCSE subjects.  The pages contain information about the exams, links to past exams paper questions, revision materials, advice on planning and managing revision and lots more to support students.  Students can log-on to Moodle at home using the same username and password that they use in school.