Key Stage 4 Curriculum Overview

‘For every student, regardless of background or circumstance, to achieve the grades and develop the qualities which will open the door to the future of their choice.’

Laurus Trust schools provide an excellent and rounded education for all their students, regardless of their individual backgrounds, preparing them well for their future careers.

Our curriculum ensures that every student recognises what it takes to succeed, sets aspirational goals and works hard to achieve them with the support of a highly qualified and dedicated team of education professionals. It is shaped by the students as it responds to their individual needs and is underpinned by the Cornerstones of the Laurus Trust: Academic Aspiration, Leadership and Service, Competition and Physical Endeavour and Culture, Creativity and Rhetoric.

Our approach to the curriculum also complies with the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2014. For further information on how we ensure the curriculum is accessible to those with disabilities or special educational needs please see the Equality Policy and the SEND information report.

We operate a one-week, 28-lesson timetable. All lessons are 55 minutes long. Please click here to see the structure of the school day

Students will also attend a minimum of two hours of electives each week.

Year 10 and 11
Students are taught in ability sets for Mathematics, English and Science on a half year group basis. Whilst option subjects are in principle of mixed ability, there are strict guidelines in operation to ensure appropriate option choices.Each student must continue with the compulsory core curriculum:
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Science
  • Physical Education

Students complete their Core curriculum at KS4 with an Additional Core choice and three further Option subjects. Their choices will reflect their preferred approach as well as academic or skills based ability. We offer a range of qualifications to suit a variety of learning needs.

For further information on all subjects taught during year 10 and 11 please see the information booklets below. Detailed information on the content of each course can be found on the relevant awarding bodies website (see links below).