Key Stage 4
The Key Stage 4 programme at St Bede’s aims to provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to achieve their full potential and ensure successful progression to post-16 study and careers.
St Bede’s runs a three-year Key Stage programme from Years 9-11. Students opt for their GCSE subjects at the end of Year 8 and spend three years specialising in the subjects that they will be examined on at the end of Year 11.
All students follow a core programme of study leading to GCSEs in English Language, English Literature, Maths, Science and RE. Everyone also participates in two hours a week of core PE.
Around 70 per cent of our students follow our English Baccalaureate (EBacc) pathway. These students supplement their core programme with GCSEs in History or Geography and a Modern Foreign Language. EBacc students take 10 GCSEs in all, including two from our option programme.
Students for whom the EBacc pathway is an inappropriate route will take other GCSEs in place of the EBacc options. Some of these students take nine GCSEs and spend their additional curriculum time developing literacy and numeracy skills.
Alongside the academic programme at Key Stage 4, students are encouraged to become involved in some of the many extra-curricular activities on offer to students at St Bede’s, such as The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, school music and drama productions, public speaking competitions and representative sports teams. Selected by their peers, some Year 11 students also form the Student Leadership Team, and take an active role in the organisation of the school.
For further information, please contact the Head of Upper School, Mr Paul Matthews, or the main school number.