Key Stage 5 Curriculum
Our Key Stage 5 curriculum is designed to ensure that all students have the opportunity to choose from a breadth of subjects that allows them flexibility to construct a personalised programme of study. The range of subjects offered and the opportunity to pursue three or four level 3 qualifications enables students to choose courses that will enable them to access their preferred pathway for the future, be that university, employment or an apprenticeship. On GCSE results day Year 11 students select their final Post 16 options and embark on an ambitious two-year programme of study that will lead to examinations at the end of Year 13. The options process allows a free choice for students to specialise in the subjects that they enjoy, and excel in, and the timetable allows more time to develop the depth of knowledge in the subjects they have chosen. In addition to teaching time, students programme of study incorporates dedicated study time so that they can adapt to the independent demands of the Post 16 environment.
In addition to the aforementioned teaching and independent study time, the students experience a full Personal Development curriculum, which builds upon the Apex curriculum from Years 7-11. This includes helping the students to develop the study skills required for Level 3 study, addressing age specific issues such as driving safety and healthy relationships and preparing students for applications to university, apprenticeships and employment. Furthermore, the students are also able to choose from an extensive range of enrichment opportunities where they can further develop the skills and experiences needed for later success. In this way we aim to equip all of our students with the knowledge, skills and experiences that they need to be successful people and have better lives. This is underpinned by a culture that places a high value on personal responsibility, which is crucial to academic achievement, future learning and employment. Students will also develop independent learning, thinking skills, creativity and learner resilience through their studies.