KS4 Curriculum Overview

‘For every student, regardless of background or circumstance, to achieve the grades and develop the qualities which will open the door to the future of their choice.’

Laurus Trust schools provide an excellent and rounded education for all their students, regardless of their individual backgrounds, preparing them well for their future careers.

Our curriculum ensures that every student recognises what it takes to succeed, sets aspirational goals and works hard to achieve them with the support of a highly qualified and dedicated team of education professionals. It is shaped by the students as it responds to their individual needs and is underpinned by the Cornerstones of the Laurus Trust: Academic Aspiration, Leadership and Service, Competition and Physical Endeavour and Culture, Creativity and Rhetoric.

Our approach to the curriculum also complies with the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2014. For further information on how we ensure the curriculum is accessible to those with disabilities or special educational needs please see the Equality Policy and the SEND information report.

We operate a two-week, 50-lesson, timetable cycle. All lessons are one hour duration.

 

Key Stage 4

The information contained below relates to students who are currently in KS4.

Year 10

Students are taught in ability sets for Mathematics, English and Science on a half year group basis. Whilst option subjects are in principle of mixed ability, there are strict guidelines in operation to ensure appropriate option choices.

Each student must continue with the compulsory core curriculum:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • Beliefs and Values

Students complete their Core curriculum at KS4 with an Additional Core choice and three further Option subjects. Their choices will reflect their preferred approach as well as academic or skills based ability. We offer a range of qualifications to suit a variety of learning needs.

View the Year 10 Knowledge and Skills Guide for more information.

Year 11

Students are taught in ability sets for Mathematics, English and Science on a half year group basis. Whilst option subjects are in principle of mixed ability, there are strict guidelines in operation to ensure appropriate option choices.

Each student must continue with the compulsory core curriculum:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • Beliefs and Values

Students complete their Core curriculum at KS4 with an Additional Core choice and three further Option subjects. Their choices will reflect their preferred approach as well as academic or skills based ability. We offer a range of qualifications to suit a variety of learning needs.

View the Year 11 Knowledge and Skills Guide for more information.

Curriculum Structure

 

Year 10

 
Subjects Number of Lessons
English 9
Mathematics 9
Science 9
Modern Foreign Languages 5
PE 2
Option A 4
Option B 4
Option C 4
Option D 4

 

Year 11

 
Subjects Number of Lessons
English 9
Mathematics 9
Science 10
Beliefs and Values 1
PE 1
Option A 5
Option B 5
Option C 5
Option D 5