SCIENCE - KEY STAGE 4
(Years 9 / 10 / 11)
We offer students a number of pathways in Key Stage 4 and careful consideration is invested in selecting an appropriate route for each learner based on their unique abilities and interests. The decision is informed by tracking, teacher recommendations and consultation with learners, parents and the Achievement Team as required.
Year 11 Pathways (OCR 21st Century Science)
• Core Science GCSE followed by Additional Science GCSE
• Separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs.
All courses can be studied at foundation (Grade B to G) or higher level (A*- D). We monitor the performance of learners very closely in Year 10 and 11 to make sure they are entered for the appropriate tier. We are aspirational for our learners and deliver the higher content in cases where flexibility is required.
For each of the Science GCSEs, learners complete a controlled assessment which is worth 25% of their final GCSE grade.
Year 9 and 10 Pathways (AQA Trilogy)
• Combined GCSE (equivalent to two Science GCSEs)
• Separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs
All courses can be studied at foundation (Grade 1-5) or higher level (Grade 4-9). We monitor the performance of learners very closely in Years 10 and 11 to make sure they are entered for an appropriate tier. We are aspirational for our learners and deliver the higher content in cases where flexibility is required.
There isn’t a controlled assessment element to the course however compulsory core practical assessments will be completed throughout the 2-and-a-half-year course. These will be assessed in the final examinations.
In KS4, learners are allocated to a setting structure which varies year to year based on the ability range of the cohort. This is based on performance at tracking points in the previous and current year, in addition to teacher recommendations. We review the progress of learners after each tracking point.