The Curriculum for Key Stage 4 (KS4)
The information contained within these pages reflect the options for courses starting in 2020/21 – please click the booklet below to view. The curriculum being offered at East Barnet School for the current Year 10 can be seen here and the curriculum being offered for the current Year 11 can be seen here.
All students should follow courses in English, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education. They will also study Personal, Social, Health and Economics Education (PSHEE) including RE & Citizenship, and will have experience of Information Technology which is co-ordinated across a variety of subjects. In addition, they must choose from a wide range of optional subjects.
Changes to the Curriculum - 2018 onwards
As you may have heard, there have been a number of changes in education which will impact on the way our students are to be taught and assessed over the next few years. We will continue to provide the very highest quality teaching so that our students are able to perform to their very best in their GCSEs but a summary of the key changes affecting your child are outlined below.
- For all GCSE subjects, students are now graded using the new grading scale that uses numbers 1 (lowest) to 9 (highest) which has now replaced the old grading system of A* to G.
- In the majority of GCSE subjects, students will now be assessed only by examination. This ‘linear’ assessment means that all students will sit their GCSE exams at the end of the course in those subjects. For current Year 9 students, this will mean sitting exams in May / June 2022. There will be a few subjects which will still contain an element of controlled coursework and you should consult staff about this.
- The majority of students will be studying 9 GCSEs or equivalent qualifications. There are various other changes which are subject specific and these are outlined on the subject specific page in this booklet. If you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact the relevant department and they will be happy to help.
Information on Core Subjects
It is compulsory for all students to study English, Mathematics, and Science in Key Stage 4. Students in Year 10 and 11 are divided into two half year groups, each of which contains the same spread of ability. In each of these subjects there will be several sets composed of students who are expected to achieve the highest grades.
Decisions about groups in English, Mathematics and Science are made by the respective departments and any questions relating to this can be asked at the forthcoming consultation evening.