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Key Stage 4 and 5

Welcome to KS4 and KS5


Students in KS4 study the core subjects of English Maths, Computing and Science. Students work towards national accreditation, suitable to their level of ability. This includes GCSE, Entry Level and Unit awards. Students also study Work Related Learning, Independent Travel Training, PE and PSHE.

Work related learning is a really important aspect of our learning and permeates in subjects across the curriculum. One afternoon is dedicated to work related learning where the students participate in activities such as work experience, enterprise skills, visiting local businesses and industries and listening to guess speakers. All students are offered at least one a careers interview with our Support for Schools Adviser from the Department for Work and Pensions. Parents are invited to these interviews.  Students are also encouraged to learn work skills by volunteering to work in areas round school, for example; running the school’s tuck shop, delivering milk to the different classes, helping serve and clean up for breakfast club and supporting midday supervisors and TA at lunch times with younger children.

Students take part in vocational courses which cover a variety of subjects from first aid training, to horticulture, farming and outdoor activities.

This year there is a big focus on being healthy, both physically and mentally. In Key Stage 4, this is taught in subjects across the curriculum. Students learn about diet and good and bad foods in their vocational options and PSHE lessons. They are taught skills and strategies to keep fit, learn about the importance of good mental health and happiness and the positive consequences of having good aspirations and live fulfilling lives.


 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.