Key Stage 4
Key Stage 4 covers Years 10 and 11 during which time students prepare for and take their GCSE examinations. The curriculum remains broad and balanced, but there is more scope for individual choice of subjects. All students study and are examined in English, Mathematics , and Science (Triple or Double). In addition, options are drawn from Business Studies, Computing, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Art, Music, Drama, Media Studies, Design and Technology, Sports Studies, French, German, Latin, Spanish and Mandarin. All students study Religious Education, PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and Physical Education, but they are not examined in these subjects. A Carousel of subject themes also operates to broaden the student’s education.
Most GCSE examinations involve coursework and examination. The coursework involves the completion of assignments some of which are not done under examination conditions but carry a percentage of the marks towards the final grade. The examination is usually done at the end of the course, although some subjects follow a modular course where examinations are taken at various times during Years 10 and 11.
GCSE qualifications are very important indeed as they are the key to entry to the 6th form, University entrance and ultimately the widest possible career opportunities. During Key Stage 4, it is more important than ever that the home-school partnership is working well. We invite parents to a Revision Skills Evening in Year 11 for parents and students to attend together so that parents can provide that vital support as their sons prepare for their examinations. We are also very keen for parents to attend the schedule of Parents’ Evenings so that they can be kept fully informed of their son’s progress.
The Form Tutor remains the first point of contact for parents who have any concerns about their son’s academic progress or general well-being. Heads of House are also happy to discuss problems which are causing concern. Subject teachers are always available to talk to parents, too, so that any difficulties can be tackled quickly and effectively.
The Learning Centre continues to provide support where required for students in Key Stage 4, and our Gifted and Talented students continue to benefit from opportunities to fully develop their potential.
The majority of students at Dover Grammar School for Boys choose to stay on into the 6th form. Students are interviewed individually in Year 11 before making their subject choices for the 6th form. Where they choose alternative post-16 provision, they are given access to the advice they need in order to make the most appropriate choice.