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Key Stage 4 Subjects

At Key stage 4 students follow a broad and balanced curriculum.  The timetable is constructed to enable students to follow subject areas from each of the entitlement areas of Humanities, Arts and Technology as well as English, Maths and Science.  There are 5 one hour lessons plus a 30 minute reading period per day.  Registration is at 8.45 am and the school day ends at 3.30 pm.

The courses are reviewed each year to ensure they match the needs to that particular cohort.

There are a range of certificated courses available for each subject.  (e.g. GCSE, BTec, Entry Level). See below for a list of subject and qualifications offered.

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At KS4 students have access to independent careers guidance with the Herts Connexions Advisor for Special Needs (and if available, a home local authority Connexions service).  Students engage in a variety of activities in relation to preparation for adulthood:
– Considering personal curriculum strengths and interests in subjects studied with a view to planning for post 16.
– Considering individual needs in relation to future aspirations and be involved in planning to ensure these can be met.
– Take part in workshops and opportunities to visit Further Education institutions.
– Take part in enterprise activities and business links arranged in conjunction with the schools Enterprise Adviser
– Take part in a work experience programme.


Subject GCSE Entry Level ASDAN + AQA UAS City & Guilds B.Tec. Functional skills
Computing & ICT
Food Technology  ✔
Rest. Materials Tech.
Travel & Tourism
Hair and Beauty
Land Studies
PE ✔ (GCSE option available + Sports Leaders certification)
BSL ✔ (Signature BSL Level 1 or 2, GCSE expected from Sept. 2017)

At the end of Key Stage 3, students are guided towards the most appropriate form of certification at Annual Review meetings and in discussion with form tutors and parents.

There are a range of possible courses on offer and those best matched to pupils needs and interests will be delivered.
The ‘route’ that each student chooses will depend on several factors.  e.g.

  • Ability
  • Subject Preferences
  • Career and FE Expectation

More able students are expected to study up to 8 or 9 GCSE subjects.