Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum has adapted during recent years as a result of many significant changes to the national examination system.  The cohort who left school in summer 2017 followed a programme whereby they sat 2 GCSE’s at the end of Year 10 and then picked up a new option in Year 11. They are the last cohort at Colfox to sit any exams early and from September 2017 onwards all Year 11 students will sit their exams at the end of Year 11.

The students starting Year 9 in September 2017 are following our new preferred model.  Please click here to view the model and click here to see the options booklet they have selected from.  This curriculum sees students selecting four GCSE ‘options’ to run alongside their ‘Core’ GCSE’s in English, Maths and Science (higher ability students will take Triple Science and other will study double award).  All of these courses will be studied as three year GCSE’s allowing the time for the greater depth of learning and higher standards of the new GCSE’s.  In this new model the English Baccalaureate has not been made compulsory.  Students have been allowed greater freedom in choosing the subjects that they want to follow.

The students who began Year 9 in September 2016 are also taking 4 options alongside their Core subjects.  When this year group selected their GCSE’s it was compulsory to study a Modern Foreign Language and either History or Geography in order to achieve the English Baccalaureate.  Three of their options began at the start of Year 9 and an additional one began at the start of year 10.  Please click here to see the outline model and click here to see the options they choose from.

The students who began Year 9 in September 2015 are also taking 4 options alongside their Core subjects.  When this year group selected their GCSE’s it was compulsory to study a Modern Foreign Language and either History or Geography in order to achieve the English Baccalaureate.  Three of their options began at the start of Year 9 and an additional one began at the start of Year 10.  Please click here to see the outline model and click here to see the options they choose from. 

To discuss general aspects of the key Stage 4 curriculum and route to gaining qualification please do contact David Herbert (Deputy Head) herbertd@colfox.dorset.sch.uk or by contacting the office.

To discuss more specific aspects about the options process and options choices please contact Graham Farrow farrowg@colfox.dorset.sch.uk   or by contacting the office.

We hope you find this information useful.