Key Stage 4

Our curriculum at Key Stage 4 is designed to provide students with a range of learning pathways that balance a strong academic core with a wide range of subject choices to meet the needs, interests and future aspirations of each student. We believe that our curriculum provides a diverse offer to students, that delivers strong teaching and learning across the core subjects of: English, Maths, Science, PE and BV –  as well as the option subjects selected by the individual.

To achieve this, we deliver a range of traditional GCSEs as well as a number of vocational courses. We review our curriculum offer annually to ensure it is relevant, engaging for all our students, and – most importantly – prepares our students for life beyond Clarendon.

In every subject across KS4 we aim for students to receive:

  • Expert subject knowledge shared through high quality teaching and learning;
  • Lessons delivered with high levels of engagement;
  • Sequenced learning that builds from substantive and disciplinary Knowledge, gained at Key Stage 3; and
  • Good quality careers information and guidance.

Click here to view the KS4 Curriculum Big Picture

Core Subjects

The core curriculum consists of English, Maths, Science, PE and BV.

English – 8 hours per fortnight. All students are entered for English Language and English Literature qualifications.

Maths – 8 lessons per fortnight. All students are entered for Maths and Statistics.

Science – 9 lessons per fortnight in Year 10, and 10 lessons per fortnight in Year 11 (or 14/15 if taken as a Triple Science option). All students are entered for Combined Science; or Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

PE – 4 lessons per fortnight in Year 10; 3 lessons per fortnight in Year 11. Non-examined.

BV – 1 lesson per fortnight. Non-examined. A discussion-based approach to key themes from the personal, social and health education curriculum.

Option Subjects

Students have access to a wide range of additional GCSE or vocational qualifications based on their interests and future aspirations. We place students into one of three pathways – A, B, or C – to help guide them towards studying an appropriate number of GCSEs. Please note that the pathways model is only a guide for individual students: where a student wishes to study according to a different pathway, accommodation can usually be made to suit a particular aspiration or interest in a subject.

Subject Overviews

You can find more detailed information about what your child will be learning and how they will be assessed in our subject overviews.

Click here to view Key Stage 4 Subject Overviews