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Key Stage 4 and 5

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Guidance - Summer Term

Welcome to KS4 and KS5


Students in KS4 study the core subjects of English Maths and Science. Students work towards national accreditation, suitable to their level of ability. This includes GCSE, Entry Level and Unit awards. Students also study computing, design and technology, food technology, and PSHE. These are also nationally accredited courses.

Students take part in vocational courses culminating in AIMS awards, courses cover a variety of subjects from first aid training, to horticulture, farming and outdoor activities. KS4 students also undertake PE and enrichment activities. These include Literature appreciation, ice skating, horse riding and learning about animal care.

In KS5 students transition to Bracken Hill College. Students bridge the gap to young adults and the modern college facility is separated from the main school building. Students have greater freedom at the college with facilities including a common room and their own kitchen.

The post 16 curriculum has a bias towards functional life skills and subjects which will encourage them to develop independence.

English, Maths and Computing are studied and accredited through the Functional Skills Awards. Students also cover such skills as interviews, CV writing and personal budgets both through lessons and skills workshops provided by outside agencies. Independent travel is practiced every week and assessed under the TITIAN system. Students also undertake work experience each year and regularly attend courses at local colleges and employment providers.

As part of the college we also run the college café. This provides opportunities for students to apply their learning in a real life situation, engage meaningfully with others and learning valuable lessons in the areas of customer service, money handling and practical skills in the kitchen.