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Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 - Art

Key Stage 4 Overview Art


Year 9

  • Introduction to the course


  • Coursework skills ‘Sea life’  –
  • Sketchbook presentation
  • Observational Drawing
  • Watercolour                     
  • Intro to clay
  • Coursework Skills ‘Graffiti Lettering’
  • Drawing skills
  • Art History
  • Colour palettes         
  • Coursework Skills ‘Graffiti Lettering’
  • Drawing skills
  • Art History
  • Colour palettes
  • Designing
  • Creating final pieces
  • Mounting and presenting on boards
  • Coursework skills ‘Stencil Portraits’ 
  • Photoshop skills
  • Cutting stencils
  • Spray-paint 
  • Coursework skills
  • Drawing
  • Collage techniques
  • Transfer techniques
  • Acrylic painting
  • Mono / Lino Printing

Year 10

All work this year is designed to develop the basic skills learnt in Year 9. Elements of this work will become part of the students overall coursework portfolio

  • Sketchbook and portfolio presentation
  • Drawing, painting and printing 
  • Refining observational skills through drawing and photography
  • Collage techniques 
  • 3D work including ceramics 
  • Analysis of research

Year 11

  • Personal project, forming part of the students final portfolio (60%) – developing on ideas, gathering research, experimenting with materials and techniques


  • Externally set assignment , Responding to an exam question. . After preparing in class, students sit a 10-hour exam to complete the course. The exam is worth 40% of the final grade. 

Key Stage 4 - Graphics

Key stage 4 overview-Graphics

Year 9

  • Introduction to the course. 
  • Key techniques demonstrations and workshops.
  • Spray Painting
  • Beginners Photoshop
  • Presenting a sketchbook
  • Colour theory/psychology
  • Photography and the Rule of thirds
  • Analysing research


  • Introduction to design briefs and creating products for a client. Developing design ideas and brand identity, designing:
  • Logos
  • Merchandise
  • Website
  • Packaging
  • Photoshop techniques to add layer styles to their work.


  • Creating 3D physical examples of their design ideas Skills workshops-
  • Printmaking
  • Mono printing
  • Poly printing
  • Stencilling
  • Photoshop tutorials, digital edits of hand made prints


Year 10

All work developed in this year will contribute to the student’s portfolio making up 60% of their overall GCSE grade.

  • Development of key techniques introduced in Year 9.  Spray Painting, stencilling, collage, printmaking, photography  More advanced Photoshop skills.
  • Analysing research with greater insight

design briefs and creating products for a client. Developing design ideas and brand identity, designing:

  • Logos
  • Merchandise
  • Website
  • Packaging design.

            Year 11

  • Students will continue to refine their coursework portfolio up until 1st January.

From this point, students will work on their Externally Set Assignment from AQA. Students will develop ideas based upon one starting point. This will then see them drawing upon all of the skills, techniques and knowledge gained during the course to develop their personal response. After preparing in class, students sit a 10-hour exam to complete the course. The exam is worth 40% of the final grade. 


Key Stage 4 - Photography

Key Stage 4 overview- Photography

Year 9

Introduction to the course:

  • Key techniques teacher-led demonstrations and workshops
  • Using an SLR camera
  • Exploring camera settings and what can be done with an SLR, e.g. exploring shutter speeds and exploring aperture
  • Beginners Photoshop to create digital edits
  • Learning how to create non-digital edits 
  • Presenting a sketchbook
  • Composition and the rule of thirds
  • Analysing research
  • Creating responses to research •               Mini project 1 – Nature in 2 styles: 
  • Research 2 nature Photographers and analyse their work
  • Take a range of photos in the style each photographer
  • Write about your different camera settings and lighting
  • Draw out your lighting and compositional setups
  • Create basic edits to match each of your photographers work
  • Decide on your 2 best images – 1 for each Photographer
  • Creating a final piece  
  • Learning how to respond to each of the assessment objectives ready to start coursework in 


Year 10

  • Year 10 students will use the basic skills developed during year 9 to begin their first piece of coursework, which will ultimately form part of their final portfolio, this is worth 60% of their overall grade. Students will refine their techniques through a variety of starting points, further building their knowledge of camera settings, editing techniques and presentation in preparation for their final year.


Year 11

  • Students will now be moving onto creating their own work inspired by an aspect they have studied in the introduction to the course. They will respond to a project brief, take Photographs, draw, and use a range of materials and techniques to investigate their chosen theme and artist/photographer. Students will continue to refine their ideas and the presentation of their work, developing and refining their ideas into final pieces. This project makes component 1, which is 60% of the final grade.
  • Students will receive their externally set exam in January and develop their own interpretations of exam questions, working through the process of refining ideas and developing their own interpretations from research. After preparing in class, students sit a 10-hour exam to complete the course. The exam is worth 40% of the final grade. 


Key Stage 4 - Business

Subject: Business

Key Stage 4 Overview

Year 9 

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Setting up a business
  • Project Management
  • The importance of location to a business
  • Creating ideas - Invention and innovation
  • External influences on a business
  • Marketing 

Year 10

  • Dynamic nature of business
  • Risk and reward
  • Business enterprise
  • Customer needs     Market research
  • Market segmentation
  • Competition
  • Aims and objectives
  • Revenue, cost and profit
  • Cash-flow
  • Sources of finance
  • Starting a small business
  • Business location
  • The marketing mix
  • Business planning
  • Stakeholders
  • Technology and business
  • Legislation and business
  • The economy and business
  • External influences on business

Year 11

  • Business growth
  • Changing aims and objectives
  • Globalisation
  • Ethics and the environment
  • Making marketing decisions
  • Business operations
  • Working with suppliers
  • Managing quality
  • The sales process
  • Business calculations
  • Understanding business performance
  • Organisational structures
  • Effective recruitment
  • Effective training and development
  • Motivation



Key Stage 4 - Computer Science

Computer Science

Computer Science is engaging and practical, encouraging creativity and problem solving. It encourages students to develop their understanding and application of the core concepts in computer science. Students also analyse problems in computational terms and devise creative solutions by designing, writing, testing and evaluating programs. There are three 50 minute lessons per week in Computer Science using the exam board OCR.  This qualification is 100% exam based but students will have the opportunity to complete an extended project using the python programming language. In this qualification students develop an understanding of

Year 9

Students complete a foundation year to develop their computational and algorithmic thinking, studying the following topics:

  • Sequence
  • Selection
  • Iteration
  • Sub-Routines
  • Mathematical Operators
  • Data Structures
  • Data Types and Casting
  • Decomposition
  • Abstraction
  • Testing
  • Validation of data
  • Defensive design and Maintenance of programs.

Year 10

Students continue to develop their computational thinking and programming skills whilst starting to learn computer science theory and study:

  • Systems Architecture
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Wired and Wireless Networks
  • Network Topology
  • Network Security
  • Algorithms
  • Storing Data in computer programs

Year 11

In year 11 students consolidate their learning from years 9 and 10 and study the following topics:

  • Systems Software
  • Ethical, Legal, environmental and cultural issues
  • Translators and facilities of language
  • Data Representation


Key Stage 4 - Creative iMedia

Creative iMedia

With close links to IT, Creative iMedia has a hands-on approach to learning about digital technology, whilst exploring creative digital media. This course equips learners with a range of skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, transferable skills such as research, planning, and evaluation, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively. The hands on approach has strong relevance to the way young people use the technology required in creative media.

This course takes a media sector focused look at the digital industries including IT, web development, graphics development, interactive media and animation, with IT at their heart. Students will learn about the product life cycle and create a series of digital products for a given scenario. One of the core units develops students understanding of pre-production and the planning of digital media. Students will complete coursework units in website development, interactive media and graphics in a hands-on approach.

There are three 50 minute lessons per week in Creative iMedia using the exam board OCR. In year 9 students complete a foundation year, preparing the students for the qualification. Students study pre-production documents and then learn some basic about graphics including bitmaps and vectors, file types and resolution, image editing and graphics creation.

 Students study the following 4 units in year 10 and 11:

  • Pre-production Skills 25% (Written Paper: 1 hour 15 minutes)

Looking at the planning and creation of pre-production documents.

  • Creating Digital Graphics 25% (Coursework unit)

Planning, Creating and Evaluating Digital Graphics

  • Website Development 25% (Coursework unit)

Planning, Creating and Evaluating a website.

  • Creative Interactive Multi-Media 25% (Coursework unit)

Planning, Creating and Evaluating interactive multimedia.


Key Stage 4 - Design Technology

Key Stage 4 Overview

At KS4 pupils build on the knowledge from KS4 to acquire a much broader range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering and computing.  Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

At Key Stage 4 the faculty offers a practical course with an emphasis on good design and the manufacture of high quality products.

Year 9

  • research and investigation, such as the study of different cultures, to identify and understand user needs
  • identify and solve their own design problems and understand how to communicate problems given to them
  • develop specifications to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that respond to needs in a variety of situations
  • develop and communicate design ideas using annotated sketches, detailed plans, 3-D and mathematical modelling, oral and digital presentations and computer-based tools


Year 10

  • select from and use specialist tools, techniques, processes, equipment and machinery precisely, including computer-aided manufacture
  • select from and use a wider, more complex range of materials, components, taking into account their properties  
  • analyse the work of past and present professionals and others to develop and broaden their understanding
  • investigate new and emerging technologies

Year 11

  • test, evaluate and refine their ideas and products against a specification, taking into account the views of intended users and other interested groups
  • understand developments in design and technology, its impact on individuals, society and the environment, and the responsibilities of designers, engineers and technologists
  • understand and use the properties of materials and the performance of structural elements to achieve functioning solutions



Key Stage 4  - English

Key Stage 4 Overview

The overarching aim for English at KS4 is to create enthusiastic, independent, imaginative, critical and analytical readers. It aims to increase their enjoyment of reading, helping to nurture a lifelong love of literature. Students should appreciate the impact of language, structure and form on a text, whilst also demonstrating the ability to   read easily, fluently and with good understanding  develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information

 acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions

for reading, writing and spoken language  appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage

 write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of

contexts, purposes and audiences

 use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their

understanding and ideas  be competent in the arts of speaking and listening,

Year 9

  • EDUQAS Poetry Anthology – the study and analysis of the war and conflict poems in this section of the anthology (  Dulce et Decorum Est, The Soldier, The Manhunt, Mametz Wood and A Wife in London)
  • Reading and studying relevant contextual issues in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol or Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 
  • Reading and studying relevant contextual issues in Priestley’s An Inspector Calls
  • EDUQAS Poetry Anthology – the study and analysis of nature and relationship poems in this section of the anthology (Valentine, Sonnet 43, Death of a Naturalist, Hawk Roosting, To Autumn, Afternoons)          Reading and studying Shakespeare’s Macbeth.


Year 10

  • EDUQAS Poetry Anthology – the study and analysis of the people and power  poems in this section of the anthology
  • Preparing for the GCSE Literature examination – extracts from Dickens’ A

Christmas Carol or Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

  • Preparing for the GCSE Literature examination – extracts from Priestley’s An Inspector Calls
  • How to approach the analysis of an unseen poem
  • How to compare the ideas conveyed in 2 poems written about a similar theme
  • Preparing for the GCSE Literature examination – extracts and essay based responses to a variety of characters and themes in Shakespeare’s Macbeth Year 11
  • Reading comprehension – identifying implicit and explicit meaning in both fiction and non-fiction texts. 
  • Reading comprehension – analysing the variety of techniques employed by a writer to convey an idea or message in both fiction and non-fiction texts.
  • Reading comprehension – comparing the similarities and differences of ideas conveyed in 2 non-fiction texts, one written in the 19th century. 
  • Narrative writing skills – how to create and craft a short piece of narrative writing
  • Transactional writing – how to create and craft formal letters, speeches, reports, reviews, articles and the text of leaflets. 
  • Spoken Language skills – how to create and perform an informative speech. 


Key Stage 4 - Geography

Key Stage 4 Overview

Geography GCSE is a popular GCSE option. Throughout Year 9,10, 11 students build up their level of understanding of the content and develop the key skills they need to do well in GCSE Geography.  Due to the nature of the recent curriculum changes the topics studied and order of units may change in the light of exam board feedback.  The exam board studied at GCSE is AQA.

Year 9

  • Map skills, atlas skills and decision making and completing fieldwork skills.
  • Tectonic Hazards.  This unit is concerned with the causes of natural hazards such as volcanoes, earthquakes and tropical storms what is the impact of people who live locally and what attempts are made to manage them.
  • Climatic Hazards. This unit looks at the formation of tropical storms and the causes and impacts of extreme weather in Britain.
  • Global Warming. This unit will look at the major issue of climate change facing the planet, what are the causes the implications for the future and attempts to manage the changes.


Year 10

  • Urbanisation. This unit will looks at the how more of the people are living in towns and cities and what issues that creates for countries in the rich and poor world.
  • Global ecosystems . To identify the different weather and vegetation patterns around the globe, with an in depth investigation of Tropical Rainforests and cold environments.
  • Rivers – How rivers shape the landscape and the causes and management of rivers flooding.
  • Coasts - How coasts shape the landscape and the causes and management of coastal erosion.
  • Fieldwork


Year 11

  • Development. This unit looks at why there is a uneven distribution of wealth around the planet and how we are attempting to reduce global poverty with specific reference to the low income country of Nigeria in Africa.
  • Resources. The issues relating to feeding, providing clean water and energy for the future.
  • Decision making exercise.



Key Stage 4 - History

Key Stage 4 Overview

History GCSE is a popular GCSE option. As such we endeavour to ensure students have a varied and enriching experience.  Throughout Year 9,10, 11 students build up their level of understanding of the content and develop the key skills they need to do well in GCSE History.  Due to the nature of the recent curriculum changes the topics studied and order of units may change in the light of exam board feedback.  The exam board studied at GCSE is Edexcel.

Year 9

  • Autumn term = Introduction to GCSE History, investigation into key events in the Cold War.   This unit will look at key events in the Cold War such as the Berlin Wall, Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam War.  This unit is driven by developing student’s skills rather than the content.
  • Autumn term = Treatment of wounded soldiers in World War One.  This unit builds on students understanding of World War One but focuses on how medicine changed during the war (Paper 1, part b)
  • Spring term = American West. This unit looks at how the American West developed in the period 1840-1890. (Paper 2, part b) This unit will roll into the first ½ term of summer term.
  • Summer term = Anglo Saxon and Norman England. This unit will look at what England was like before 1066, the claims to the throne of 1066 and the battles of 1066. (Paper 2, part a) This unit will be completed in the autumn term of Year 10.


Year 10

  • Autumn term = Anglo Saxon and Norman England. This unit carries on from the end of Year 9 with the shift now on how William Conquered and changed England. (Paper 2, part a)  
  • Autumn term = Germany 1918-1939. This unit looks at the problems facing

Germany after World War One, the rise of Hitler and the Nazis and life in Nazi

Germany.  This unit will roll into the spring term. (Paper 3)

  • Spring term = Germany 1918-1939. Content as above but the focus shifts to exam skills.
  • Summer term = Medicine 1450-present day. This unit will look at the how medicine developed during the Renaissance Period. This unit will be carried on in the first term of Year 11 (Paper 1, part a)


Year 11

  • Autumn term = Medicine 1450-present day. This unit will complete the remaining periods in the development of medicine from the Industrial Period to Modern Medicine (Paper 1, part a) 
  • Spring term = Revisiting content and skills for Papers 1,2 and 3
  • Summer term = Revisiting content and skills for Papers 1,2 and 3



Key Stage 4 - Home Technology

Key Stage 4 Overview

The Home Technology key stage 4 curriculum is based around students acquiring a range of different practical skills through taught sessions and practical experience. The 3 subject areas are focused on preparing students so that they have an understanding of the sector in which they are planning to work.  Each subject has a mixture of coursework-based tasks and an external exam, which can be taken in either year 2 or 3 of the course.

Year 9- Food

  • Food hygiene and safety
  • Bacteria and food poisoning 
  • Safe handling and storage of equipment and utensils 
  • The Eatwell guide and Nutrients
  • Planning and completing a practical session

Year 9- H&S – Comp 1 – Human lifespan development

  • Main life stages
  • Areas of growth and development
  • Physical development – types
  • Physical development through the life stages 
  • Intellectual development through the life stages
  • Language development
  • Emotional development through the life stages
  • Social development through the life stages  
  • Physical factors 
  • Lifestyle
  • Social and cultural factors
  • Relationships and isolation
  • Economic factors
  • Life events
  • Physical events
  • Relationship changes
  • Life circumstances
  • Dealing with life events
  • Adapting to change
  • Types of support
  • Informal support
  • Professional sources of support
  • Voluntary sources of support

Year 9- CPLD – Promoting children’s development through play

  • Ways in which children play at each age group 
  • How children play at each age range
  • The importance of adult support in early years settings
  • The suitability of adult support 
  • Play opportunity for each age range 
  • How play opportunities promote development
  • The value of play opportunities on all areas of development 
  • How early years setting structure play
  • How play structures promote children’s development
  • The extent to which play strictures support all areas of development
  • The effects on a child’s development of various play structures

Year 10- Food

  • Seasonal foods
  • Factors affecting food choices
  • Cultural food choices- Vegan, Vegetarian, Religion
  • Sustainability, Organic Foods
  • Environmental issues- Food miles, packaging, food waste

Year 10- H&S- Comp 2 0 Health and social care services and values

  • Primary care
  • Secondary and tertiary care
  • Allied health professionals
  • Services for children and young people
  • Informal social care
  • Physical barriers
  • Sensory barriers
  • Social, cultural and psychological barriers
  • Language barriers
  • Geographical barriers
  • Intellectual barriers
  • Resource barriers for service providers
  • Financial barriers
  • Empowering and promoting independence
  • Respect for others
  • Maintaining confidentiality

Year 10- CPLD – Patterns of Children’s Development

  • Growth and Development in children
  • Characteristics of children’s development form birth up to eight years
  • How adults in early years settings can support children’s development 

Year 11-Food

  • Analysing a design brief
  • Planning and reviewing a menu for a target audience
  • Factors affecting food choices and preparation
  • Planning and completing a practical session
  • Evaluating a set menu 


Year 11-H&S – Health and Wellbeing

  • Definition of health and wellbeing
  • Genetic inheritance
  • Ill health
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Substance abuse
  • Personal hygiene
  • Social interactions
  • Stress
  • Willingness to seek help or access services
  • Financial resources
  • Environmental conditions
  • The impact of life events relating to relationship changes
  • Health indicators
  • Risks to health of abnormal readings
  • Interpreting lifestyle data on smoking, alcohol and inactivity
  • The importance of a person-centred approach
  • Recommended actions to improve health and wellbeing
  • Availability of resources
  • Unachievable targets
  • Lack of support
  • Ability/disability and addiction


Year 11-CPLD – The principles of early years practice

  • The importance of inclusive practice in early years settings 
  • Explore ways in which early years settings implement inclusive practice 
  • Understand how children are empowered in early years settings
  • Understand the importance of the key person approach in supporting children’s development



Key Stage 4 - Latin

Key Stage 4 Overview

Students will learn about the language, culture, society and literature of ancient Rome, and its relation to later civilisations and languages, by reading original writings by authors such as Virgil, Ovid and Tacitus. The language course teaches students to both read and write Latin in order to gain a better level of understanding before studying original Roman authors via a range of primary literary sources.

There are three parts to the course:

  • Language (from Latin to English and vice versa)
  • Literature
  • Roman Civilisation

Year 9

  • Nouns in 6 cases from 5 declensions
  • Verbs, all principal parts plus 6 tenses in the active and passive indicative
  • Adjectives and Adverbs
  • Cardinal and Ordinal numbers
  • Irregular verb sum, esse, fui
  • Demonstrative and personal pronouns (ego, tu, nos, vos, hic, qui, is, ea, id)           Relative clauses

Year 10

  • 6 tenses indicative passive
  • 4 tenses subjunctive active and passive
  • Infinitives, active and passive
  • Imperatives, active and passive
  • Participles (present, perfect passive, future)
  • Pronouns (ipse, idem, quidam)
  • Final, consecutive, temporal and causal clauses
  • Irregular verbs in the subjunctive
  • Roman Civilisation (Thermae, Gladiators and arena entertainment)

Year 11

  • Indirect commands and questions
  • Conditional sentences
  • Concessive clauses
  • Verbs of fearing
  • Price and value
  • Defective verbs
  • Gerunds, gerundives
  • Latin Literature (Theme:  day at the races. Sources: Martial, Juvenal, Pliny, Suetonius, Vergil)
  • Roman Civilisation (Theatre, Roman dinner parties and recitations)


Key Stage 4 - Maths

Key Stage 4 Overview

Year 9 marks the beginning of the three year GCSE Mathematics course which is taught through the Edexcel specification. Throughout the course, students are challenged and supported to deepen their understanding of a wide range of Mathematical skills.  Mathematics is diverse, engaging and essential in equipping students with the right skills to reach their future destination, whatever that may be. Students are encouraged to build a secure framework of Mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence.

Year 9

  • Number – Standard form, Indices, Factors / Multiples / Primes
  • Shape – Pythagoras, Trigonometry, Isometric drawings
  • Algebra – Inequalities, Simultaneous equations
  • Data – Scatter Diagrams, Cumulative frequency, Box plots, Tree diagrams
  • Ratio and Proportion – Incorporating problems involving fractions, decimals and percentages with ratio

Year 10

  • Number – Surds, Bounds
  • Shape – Transformations, Similarity, Circle theorems
  • Algebra – Quadratic skills, Quadratic graphs, Shading regions
  • Data – Averages and sampling, Collecting, organising and representing data, Probability with Venn diagrams
  • Ratio and Proportion – Direct and inverse proportion (algebraic), Scale factors and scale diagrams, Capture-recapture method

Year 11

  • Number – Kinematics, Recurring decimals
  • Shape – Further trigonometry, Coordinate geometry, Vectors
  • Algebra – Functions, Quadratic sequences, Transformation of graphs
  • Data – Interpeting grouped discrete and continuous data
  • Ratio and Proportion – Population growth and decay


Key Stage 4 - Music

Key Stage 4 Overview

Students follow the OCR GCSE Music course.  As a part of the course, students study the three distinct musical disciplines of performing, composing and listening and appraising through five interrelated areas of study. The curriculum covers a detailed exploration of composition styles and solo and ensemble performance. The course culminates in a written and listening exam based on music studied throughout the course.

The five areas of study are designed to develop knowledge and understanding of music through the study of a variety of genres and styles in their wider context.  Students learn to play a musical instrument, and/or sing, as part of the course for which they perform solo and ensemble pieces totalling a minimum of four minutes.  They compose two pieces of music, also examined as coursework, with a minimum combined total of three minutes.  For the listening and appraising component students develop their listening skills and extend their musical vocabulary and understanding of music theory culminating in a listening examination.

Students at Key Stage 4 have the opportunity to receive instrumental lesson as part of the courses and all students taking Music in Key Stage 4 are involved extracurricular groups or form their own groups. 


Year 9

  • Theme and Variation
  • Creating Music on the Spot
  • Song writing
  • Conventions of Pop
  • Film Music
  • Solo and Ensemble Performance 1
  • Musical Me Composition

Year 10

  • Conventions of Pop 2
  • Rhythms of The World 1
  • Free Composition 
  • Film and Video Game Music
  • Solo and Ensemble Performance 2
  • Exploring Orchestral Development

Year 11

  • Conventions of Pop 3
  • The Concerto Through Time
  • Composition to a Brief
  • Solo and Ensemble Performance 3
  • Rhythms of The World 2


Key Stage 4 - RE

Key Stage 4 RE Overview

We study EDEXCEL Faith and Practice in the 21st Century (spec A)

This area of study comprises a study in depth of Catholic Christianity as a lived religion in the United Kingdom and throughout the world.

There are four sections: Beliefs and Teachings; Practices; Sources of Wisdom and Authority; Forms of Expression and Ways of Life.

Students will be expected to study Catholic Christianity within the context of the wider British society, the religious traditions of which are, in the main, Christian. Students should compare and contrast the areas of belief and practice within

Catholic Christianity with wider Christian. Students should recognise that Catholic Christianity is one of the many religious traditions in Great Britain which include Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. 


Year 9

  • Abraham and Monotheism
  • Life and Ministry of Jesus Marks Gospel
  • The Paschal Mystery
  • Origins of Christianity
  • Arguments for the Existence of God



Year 10

Paper 1: Area of Study 1 – Study of Religion (Catholic Christianity)


  • Beliefs and Teachings
  • Practices
  • Sources of Wisdom and Authority
  • Forms of Expression and Ways of Life

Year 11

Area of Study 2 – Study of Second Religion

Area of Study 3 – Philosophy and Ethics

  • Beliefs and Teachings- Judaism
  • Practices-Judaism 
  • Arguments for the Existence of God
  • Religious Teachings on Relationships and Families in the 21st century


Key Stage 4 - Science

Key Stage 4 Overview

Science is one of the core subjects of the National Curriculum and therefore it is compulsory in Years 9, 10 and 11. In each year group there are 6 x 50 minute lessons per week. Students tend to have 3 different teachers - one for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  

The exam board that is used at Thornleigh is AQA. 

Most students will study Combined Science GCSE. Within Combined Science students are awarded 2 GCSE grades but these are known as a split grade and come in the format of 9-9, 9-8, 8-8 etc. This is a 17 grade scale.

With the reformed qualification all controlled assessment has been removed and practical work is assessed through the terminal exam of which there are 6 papers, two for each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, each worth 16.6% of the GCSE. Some students will be entered for Higher Tier papers and some students will be entered for Foundation Tier papers.





 Inheritance, variation and evolution

  • Organic chemistry
  • Using resources
  • Energy
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism






Year 9




  • Cell structure
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding structure and the properties of matter
  • Reactivity of metals and chemical changes
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Electricity



Year 10




  • Cell biology
  • Principles of organisation
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Energy changes
  • Rate and extent of chemical changer
  • Chemical analysis
  • Atomic structure
  • Particle model of matter
  • Forces


Year 11

 Classification of living organisms

 Chemistry of the atmosphere



Key Stage 4 - Spanish

Key Stage 4 Overview

At GCSE Spanish, the students study three key Themes; Identity and culture, Local, national, international and global areas of interest, and Current and future study and employment. The students develop their linguistic, cultural and grammatical knowledge of the Hispanic world using the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. This is in preparation for their examination where each skill is worth 25% of the final grade.  

Year 9

  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Marriage and partnerships
  • Social media
  • Mobile technology
  • Music, cinema and TV
  • Food and eating out
  • Sport
  • Spain and customs
  • Festivals in Spain and Hispanic countries

Year 10

  • Home 
  • Where I live
  • Charity and voluntary work
  • Healthy and unhealthy living
  • Environment
  • Poverty and homelessness
  • Holidays and travel
  • Regions of Spain 

Year 11

  • School and subjects
  • Life at school  University or work?
  • Choice of career


For further information on the Curriculum Programme please contact the Deputy Head Teacher - Mr E. Kirk via Telephone: 01204 301351 or via Email: