Key Stage 4 Curriculum
At Lydiard Park Academy we have always felt the value in pupils taking a broad range of subjects which will give them lots of post-16 opportunities. In Key Stage 4, all pupils study English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Combined or Triple Sciences to GCSE level. In addition, pupils choose three options from a wide range of both vocational and GCSE courses. Every child has to include one of the Humanities (History or Geography). The old system of A* to G has been replaced with a numerical system descending from nine to one (with nine being the highest ‘number’). All specifications now place less emphasis on coursework and more on final exams.
English baccalaureate – the government wants more emphasis put on traditional, academic subjects and so it is expecting nearly all pupils to follow a set of courses that include studies in five main areas:
- English (all pupils at Lydiard Park Academy will continue to take English Language and English Literature to GCSE level)
- Mathematics (all pupils at Lydiard Park Academy will continue to take GCSE Mathematics)
- Science (pupils at Lydiard Park Academy take a double award science qualification or the three separate sciences. In addition, Computer Science will count as a ‘science’)
- History or Geography
- A modern or ancient foreign language
Attainment 8 – this measure has become increasingly important as it provides a single number to demonstrate the attainment of a child across a range of subject areas and will almost certainly be used by colleges, universities and employers when assessing the ability of applicants. The Attainment 8 score is calculated by averaging the number grade for English and Mathematics (given the importance of these subjects they will be double-counted) plus the number grade from three English Baccalaureate subjects and the number grades of three other qualifying subjects.
Progress 8 – this measure is used to judge the performance of schools. Each child will have an expected Attainment 8 score based on primary school KS2 levels and this will be compared with actual performance at the end of the five years of secondary education. Hence, a child expected to score an Attainment 8 score of 6.6 who in fact scores 6.9 will have a Progress 8 score of +0.3. All the Progress 8 scores in a school will be averaged to produce an overall score.