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KS4 Curriculum Pathways 2020 - 2022

We provide a guided choice of different pathways towards further education and a wide choice of career opportunities. These pathways are based on prior and current attainment, as well as our knowledge of our students. We triangulate information from tests at key stage two, CATs scores, and projections from Fischer Family Trust, together with students’ current working pathways, to offer them the curriculum that we think they would be best suited to. Our personalised curriculum offer is a conversation and an agreement between the academy, the student and their parents/carers.

Pathway 1: Triple Science & EBacc

This pathway is for our high and higher middle ability students who usually have a mean CATS score of over 105. It enables them to achieve the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) qualification which is recognised by all leading universities. Students on this pathway will study at least nine qualifications in GCSEs or Level 2 BTEC. This pathway includes Triple Science so is ideal for those who are very committed at this stage to a science career. As part of this pathway students can also study the ‘Higher Project Qualification’ (HPQ) which allows students to discover the joys of independent learning, take responsibility for their own study and develop new life and study skills. Students who choose to study the HPQ will have two lessons a fortnight of the HPQ. 

Guided choice

This pathway is made up of a guided choice that suggests students should study these qualifications:

GCSE English Language

GCSE English Literature

GCSE Mathematics

GCSE Triple Science (equivalent to 3 GCSEs)

They are asked to choose two Ebacc subjects:

One of two humanities:

GCSE History or,

GCSE Geography

One of two languages:

GCSE French or,

GCSE Spanish

They are given one free option from all the other subjects.

Students on this pathway can also choose to study either the Higher Project Qualification or the Sports Leadership in two hours of core PE time.

Pathway 2: Progress 8

This pathway is for our lower high, middle and high low ability students who usually have a mean CATS score of 85-104. Students on this pathway are asked to choose at least one EBacc subject, which includes triple science, as well as having three open choices of option subjects. This pathway enables them to study for nine qualifications.

Guided Choice

This pathway is made up of a guided choice that suggests students should study these qualifications:

GCSE English Language

GCSE English Literature

GCSE Combined Science (equivalent to two GCSEs)

GCSE Mathematics

They are asked to choose at least one Ebacc subject:

GCSE History

GCSE Geography

GCSE Computer Science 

GCSE Triple Science 

GCSE French 

GCSE Spanish

They are given three free options from all the other subjects. 

Students on this pathway can also choose to study Sports Leadership in two hours of core PE time.

Pathway 3: Progress 8 Support

This pathway is for our students who need extra support in English and mathematics. They are allowed to choose from all the EBacc subjects and have three free option choices. They get five hours of extra English and maths lessons per fortnight. This pathway allows them to study for eight GCSE or level 2 qualifications as well as Entry Level mathematics to go with their mathematics GCSE.

Guided choice

This pathway is made up of a guided choice that suggests students should study these qualifications:

GCSE English Language

GCSE English Literature

GCSE Combined Science (equivalent to 2 GCSEs)

GCSE Mathematics

Learning Need (five hours of extra English language, literature and mathematics per fortnight, and includes the Entry Level Mathematics qualification)

They are given three free options from all the other subjects. 

Students on this pathway can also choose to study Sports Leadership in two hours of core PE time.

Pathway 4: Futures Pathway

This ‘Futures’ pathway is an alternative pathway designed for those students who would benefit from reducing their number of options to focus on core capabilities, life skills and learning behaviours. It is designed to build character, raise students’ aspirations and improve their attainment in GCSE and Level 2 subjects. In addition to English, maths and science, students on this pathway will also study a language or one of the humanities, so geography or history, and will have two other option choices which can include a mixture of GCSEs and BTEC qualifications. 

Who is this pathway designed for?

This pathway is designed for students who would benefit from a more flexible curriculum to improve academic resilience so that students achieve good educational outcomes and improve attendance despite adversity. The pathway will develop skills needed to improve learning behaviours, and provide opportunities and experiences to  build character and improve students’ experience of school. Students are selected for this programme in the summer term of Year by the Directors of Learning and Year Leaders. They are invited to join the programme and the lessons replace one of their free option choices.

Alternative Provision

As students of compulsory school age are entitled to a full-time education, reduced timetables and alternative provision are only considered in exceptional circumstances.

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