At Sandringham, we offer a broad curriculum at Key Stage 4 with a wide choice of academic, creative, applied and vocational courses. All students follow a ‘core’ curriculum consisting of Mathematics, English, Science, PE and Life Long Learning (PSHE). Within the compulsory core, students are able to further personalise their timetable by, for example, selecting GCSE or BTEC, PE or Dance, or being entered for Combined or Triple Science.
Alongside their core subjects, students are then able to select a maximum of 3 additional options subjects for study in Years 10 and 11. To preserve a core academic curriculum and in recognition of the high status accorded to Modern Foreign Languages by universities and employers, our expectation is that all students capable of achieving a good pass in GCSE French, German or Spanish should opt for a language as one of their options choices. The majority of students will also be encouraged to consider either History or Geography as one of their two remaining choices, in order to attain the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc).
The Key Stage 4 curriculum provides many opportunities for students to follow their interests and develop their strengths. Most of our students will progress to post-16 education and follow A-Level and equivalent subjects. Others will wish to move to work based learning at 16, so it is important to plan ahead when Considering subject choices at Key Stage 4. To help with this process we will guide students along two broad pathways according to their current performance at school to ensure they are stretched and challenged but also able to cope with the demands of Level 2 courses.
Preparing for GCSE
As students at Sandringham prepare for their GCSEs we offer a many layered approach to supporting them:
A series of parental information evenings dealing with issues such as ‘Understanding curriculum content and application’; ‘How to support your child in their revision’ and ‘What’s new about GCSE?’
Regular updates for parents via email, the Sandprint and the website detailing information about curriculum developments and opportunities, additional support and revision sessions after school and in the holidays
We work with students to support them in developing effective memory techniques with guidance from educational psychologist Dr Martijn van der Spoel
We cover study and revision guidance including good study habits and effective time management through our suite of Life-long Learning sessions in Year 11
We offer regular after school and holiday revision and support sessions for all students and 1-2-1 tutoring, online tutoring and 6th form mentoring for some
From January in Year 11, all students have the opportunity to have an academic mentor to provide bespoke support with revision, time management and focus on their up-coming exams
Key Stage 4 provision:
- Year 10 work experience week focused on students’ future career aspirations
- CV and personal statement sessions within the LLL curriculum
- Year 10 Enterprise ELD supported by local businesses
- Year 11 Careers ELD supported by employers, parents, HR professionals, local colleges and Youth Connexions
- Workshops on interview preparation, presentation and employability skills
- Practical learning placements at local colleges for students interesting in pursuing vocational pathways
- Information on college open dates and targeted support with completing college application forms
- Into The Sixth Evening supported by Careers Co-ordinator
- Morrisby test, reports and interviews
- One to one session with a Youth Connexions Personal Advisor
By the end of Key Stage 4, all students will have:
- Enhanced their self-knowledge, career management and employability skills
- Used online resources and other sources of advice to investigate and explore future choices and progression routes
- Experienced the world of work through a work placement
- Been given direct access to employers, colleges and training providers
- Been given guidance to help identify a range of post-16 options and careers advice and support networks that they can use to plan and negotiate their career pathways.
- Been provided with the resources to complete the post-16 application procedures, including CVs, personal statements, and preparation for interview
- Been given information about appropriate available funding
- Produced a challenging but realistic plan for their future learning and work, by relating their abilities, attributes and achievements to the goals they have set themselves