Key Stage 4
Progress and Well-Being Manager
Our curriculum for Years 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4) is broad and balanced during which pupils develop their learning skills across the Core subjects and a choice of optional courses. Our curriculum teams offer learning programmes that meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and ensure that pupils of all abilities are provided with challenging opportunities to maximise their potential.
The National Curriculum subjects in Wales are split into two categories, core subjects and optional subjects. In Key Stage 4, the subjects taught to all pupils in each of these years are:
- Cymraeg (First Language) or Welsh (Second language)
- Mathematics and Mathematics Numeracy
- Science and Additional Science
- Personal & Social Education
- Religious Education
- Welsh Baccalaureate – Skills Challenge Certificate
- BTEC Agriculture (equivalent 2 GCSEs) (bilingual provision)
- BTEC Motor Vehicle (equivalent 2 GCSEs)
- BTEC Business (equivalent 2 GCSEs)
- Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE)
- GCSE Art
- GCSE Child Development
- GCSE Design and Technology - Resistant Materials (also available in Welsh)
- GCSE Design and Technology - Food Technology
- GCSE Drama
- GCSE French
- GCSE Geography (also available in Welsh)
- GCSE History (also available in Welsh)
- GCSE Information Technology
- GCSE Music (also available in Welsh)
- GCSE PE
- GCSE Textiles
- GCSE Triple Science (also available in Welsh)
In Key Stage 4, optional subjects are taught in mixed ability groups. The Core subjects of Cymraeg (First language), Welsh (Second Language), English, Mathematics and Science are organised in sets according to ability.
If any pupil has difficulty with any aspect of life at school, we take action quickly to discover the reason and try to remedy the problem. All staff are keen to ensure the curriculum is engaging, stimulating and challenging with agreed targets achievable for students in a supportive and caring atmosphere.
Pupils are provided with advice and guidance on how to improve in all their subjects. Some pupils require further learning support for a range of individual needs, literacy, and numeracy skills as appropriate and their curriculum may be personalised accordingly.
Additional Learning Needs
The Learning Support Team offers support to all students and actively seeks to promote their academic progress and emotional welfare. As a school, we identify pupils’ needs by working with a wide range of external agencies as well as seeking information from teaching staff, teaching assistants and parents.
Once a need has been identified, the pupil is placed on the Additional Learning Needs register which is a way of recording the individual need and support a pupil requires.
When a subject teacher or parent feels that a pupil may need additional support they can communicate this to the ALNCo (Nia Ballard) or the Specialist Teacher for ALN (Donna Palfreman) who will then start to collect further information and/or arrange to carry out an assessment.
Mrs Palfreman is responsible for Access Arrangements. Access arrangements are pre-exam arrangements made on behalf of a candidate with particular needs. For example, the use of a scribe, modified papers or extra time.
We always aim to develop a student’s talents in order to achieve excellence, for example, music is encouraged and enhanced by external peripatetic instrumental teachers who come to the school (for details please contact Miss Rhys-Jones or Mrs Ennis).
Our extensive educational visits and extra-curricular programme supplements and supports pupils’ studies and encourages them to fulfil their potential and talents.