Key Stage 4

Students in Key Stage 4 have the opportunity to follow a range of differentiated pathways which meet the needs of all individual learners:

  • ASDAN Transition Challenge Program
  • AQA “stand alone” units for all curriculum subject areas
  • AQA Entry Level Certificates
  • ASDAN short courses

Students work in classes according to ability across a range of subjects.

Our classes are:

KS4 Foundation - Mrs Thompson is the class teacher.

KS4 Progress - Mrs Gibbons is the class teacher (and department lead).

KS4 Transition - Mrs Higgins is the class teacher.

Students are supported by teaching assistants Miss Allan, Miss Bond and Mrs Rees. Our experienced team of teaching assistants are based in the above classes but will move around within the the department to ensure the students benefit from their expertise.

In addition to the academic programs of study, all students take part in a variety of community based activities and experiences giving them opportunities to learn in different environments and with different staff.

  • Fir Tree Fisheries, Appley Bridge (BTEC qualification for Students)
  • WACT
  • Horticulture in Post 16

Students have the opportunity to choose curriculum options in Key stage four to enable them to study subjects of choice in more depth. These include humanities, enterprise, the environment, performing arts, sport and fitness and art. Students choose three which they will study throughout the Key Stage enabling them to gain accreditation.

Students in the Key Stage 4 work towards earning tokens on a daily basis. At the end of each week the total number of tokens achieved by each student is celebrated during the key stage reflection assembly and displayed in their own class base. 5 tokens or more are exchanged for a piece towards the end of term department reward.

Students are encouraged to keep their own record of personal achievements and time to record these is allocated on a Friday. Students also enjoy an enrichment session in mixed ability groups following reflection and assembly on a Friday. They have the choice of a range of activities including forest schools, yoga, dance and games during which they celebrate their success from the week while learning new skills and interacting with less familiar peers.


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