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KS4 Curriculum

Students will take 10 GCSEs at the end of Year 11. This comprises of the compulsory core curriculum of English literature, English language, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, either history or geography and either French, Spanish or Latin.


The final two subjects are option choices selected from French, Spanish or Latin (where another language is their core language choice), geography, history, religious studies, art, drama, physical education or food preparation and nutrition. GCSE music may also be studied in designated after school sessions.











Our core purpose at KS4 is to deliver a broad and challenging GCSE curriculum through outstanding teaching and learning:

  • We aim to develop learners who are proactively consolidating their work in the classroom, setting high levels of aspiration and strategically developing both confidence and skill in the classroom
  • We aim for all our students to realise their talents and skills and achieve their very best
  • We aim for all our students to achieve a rich level of success across a broad range of subjects, enabling them to have the full range of choices and high aspirations both in life and in post 16 A Level study
  • We expect our students to continue to participate and lead in the numerous enriching out of classroom opportunities on offer – whether in the sports, arts, curious minds or charitable endeavours.

At the end of Year 10, where perceived to be in the best interests of the student, they may be selected to study a double award science rather than the three separate sciences: biology, chemistry and physics. Students and their parents of course contribute to this discussion. For a more comprehensive look at the curriculum at Key Stage 4 and more information on the courses, please view the Year 9 options (September 2021) booklet here. For students scheduled to commence GCSE courses in September 2022, material will be provided in due course.


Independent Study

Students from Years 10 and 11 are encouraged to take ownership of their learning, with opportunities for independent study scheduled in the homework timetable. Whilst tasks are not prescriptive, students may be directed in class to a series of subject based options that will challenge them, contribute to a wide appreciation of the subject and promote and promote a love for learning.

Please see the download section to view copies of the Independent Study Guide and GCSE Options Guide.


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As the first half of this term comes to an end, we had great pleasure in awarding our Year 9 scholars today. Well done! 👏

CSPA Artisan Tasting Evening - Friday 19th November
We'll be highlighting our fabulous local suppliers attending the Artisan Tasting Evening over the next few weeks. First up Cellar Head Brewing Company: https://t.co/IdxdbPwcZf
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A funny thing happened on the way to the forum this am… I saw ACTUAL ROMAN PILLARS coming into Cranbrook on a ute for the Apple Fayre! Town closed but forum well and truly open. Brilliant. See you in Octogas later @SchoolCranbrook apple juice stall.


CPD twilight today: Importance of literacy across the curriculum, courtesy of Ms Eastwood, Head of English. Brilliant T&L ideas. (As if you need reminding: make your children read! Words matter in all subjects.)

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