When pupils start Year 10 they move from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4 of the National Curriculum. Young people are now required to stay in education or training until they are 18. It’s important to make sure that their curriculum prepares them to keep learning until then.
The purpose of the National Curriculum is to make sure that all pupils study a broad, balanced range of subjects and that all pupils have a variety of experiences and develop a wide range of skills.
There are still some subjects at Key Stage 4 that pupils must continue to study, because these are subjects that everyone needs to prepare them for future study and the adult world. We call these subjects the Core Curriculum. They are English, Maths and Science, which all lead to GCSE, together with Personal Development.
To make sure that pupils have the right range of subjects to allow them to achieve the English Baccalaureate and to provide breadth and balance we also strongly recommend they take a humanity (Geography or History) and at least one Language. There are still free choices available to them beyond the Baccalaureate subjects thanks to our 5 option blocks.
We know that the Baccalaureate is not the right route for a small number of pupils though and as ever will work hard to ensure that the diet of courses is appropriate for everyone.
There are two key deadlines for both routes:
The Early Options Indication Form is due by Monday 16th December 2019
The Confirmed Option Choices Form is due by Friday 6th March 2020