Key Stage 4
At Holcombe the transition from KS3 to KS4 begins when students start Year 10. Students will be well prepared for this change, as throughout Year 9 they will be given experiences of non-National Curriculum subjects such as Business Studies, Media, Sociology and so on, so that they will be able to make informed decisions about which subjects they want to study when it comes to selecting their GCSE options.
They will also have chosen which Modern Foreign Language they wish to study in Year 9, selecting from either French or Spanish. All students will only study one Modern Foreign Language in Year 9, compared to the two they will have studied so far. It will then be up to them to choose if they wish to continue to study this language at GCSE when they make their options choices.
The Key Stage 4 Team and Form Tutors see your child on a daily basis and have the biggest impact on your child’s education. They follow a vigorous programme of activities during their time with your child offering one to one mentoring support catering not only for their academic performance but also their general wellbeing.
The Key Stage 4 Team provide a range of resources that will help you as parents understand the academic demands that your child will go through, as well as providing strategies to help support your child. Students are also supported with a range of support materials additional to those supplied by their subject teachers in order to strive for success.
Students are encouraged to be actively involved in school life and are given opportunities to have their voices and opinions heard by volunteering to be Form or Sports Captain or member of our School Council and Diversity group.