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. Students study and are examined in:

Core Subjects EBacc Option subjects
Choose at least 2
Other Option subjects
Choose no more than 2
English Language Computing Art & Design
English Literature Geography  Music
Mathematics History  PE
Science (double or triple) French Design & Technology
Religious Education German  Media Studies
Physical Education (core)    
Careers Education    
PHSE + Citizenship    

Therefore, all students will either choose:

2 EBacc subjects + 2 Other subjects
3 EBacc subjects + 1 Other subjects
4 EBacc subjects + 0 Other subjects

Most GCSE examinations involve (controlled assessment) coursework and examinations. The coursework involves the completion of assignments some of which are done under examination conditions and carry a percentage of the marks towards the final grade. The main examination is always taken at the end of the course in Year 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. Our Director of Key Stage 4 is 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.

Further information regarding the Key Stage 4 Curriculum can be obtained from Deputy Headteacher: Ben Ralph (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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