Years 10 and 11 are traditionally known as Key Stage 4 – the stage in the National Curriculum programme where students take their GCSE and equivalent courses. At Clarendon we are extending this to cover Year 9 as well. We believe that students are likely to be more successful if they focus on the subjects that interest them most, while this arrangement also means that they have more time to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding in those subjects which brings the highest possible achievement.
All students study a core of subjects, including English, Maths, Science, ICT, PE and Beliefs & Values. In addition, students will choose four other courses from a wide range of academic, creative and vocational courses which lead to at least one GCSE qualification, with some courses leading to the equivalent too or more in the case of BTecs and other vocational qualifications. We have designed our curriculum so that there are a wide range of pathways available to students, linked to their interests and their academic abilities.
Year 8 Options 2017