In KS4, we aim to ensure that all our students have opportunities to fulfil their potential and develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to enable them to access appropriate Post-16 provision, whether that be in education, employment or training. Our curriculum allows flexibility within the qualification structure to ensure we meet the needs of the students and contains a broad range of activities to develop the students social, emotional, behavioural and mental health needs.
In English, Maths and Science at KS4, students are given the opportunity to build on the skills, knowledge and understanding developed throughout KS3. Students are able to gain qualifications at a level appropriate to their ability and need, ranging from Entry Level qualifications to Functional Skills and GCSE qualifications at Level 1 and/or 2. This gives students a strong foundation for learning new skills when they move into Post-16 education, employment or training.
In PE, Art, Food and Drama, students are given the opportunity to develop life skills in order to lead healthy, productive lives. They are taught the basic skills which will enable them to provide and understand the need for nutritious meals, take part in sport and health related exercise and show an appreciation of the arts.
The YLA supports students to become confident and resilient leaders, who develop a growth mindset, become independent thinkers and good communicators, and who have compassion and care for their communities. The Award has clear links to SMSC, Personal Development, SIAMS, PSHE, Citizenship, Character Education and British Values, as well as other cross-curricular links including Literacy and Numeracy.
Emotional Well-Being support through KS4 is of significant importance as students work through new feelings and challenges such as exams, further education, leaving school and discovering jobs. All students have access 1:1 support throughout KS4.
The DofE aims to develop young people’s left confidence, self-reliance, and self-esteem, as their commit to community service. The DofE qualification helps students by providing opportunities to gain new experiences and skills, improve their employability, and enhance their personal development.