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Upper School Curriculum

Within the Upper School at King’s Oak Academy, we aim to give all students a broad curriculum offer both in terms of subject studied and qualification type. We offer a 2-year Key Stage 4 programme to ensure provision at KS3 is not narrowed.

Our current Key Stage 4 (Years 10 – 11) curriculum is divided in the following way:

Curriculum AreaFacultySubjectNumber of Lessons per weekQualificationHead of Faculty
BasicsEnglishLanguage2GCSE (AQA)[email protected]
Literature2GCSE (AQA)
Step Up to English4Lv1 (AQA)
MathsMaths4GCSE (AQA)[email protected]
Further Maths4GCSE (AQA)
Entry Level Certificate in Maths4Lv1 (AQA)
EBACCScienceCombined4GCSE (Edexcel)[email protected]
Separate Biology7
Separate Chemistry7
Separate Physics7
HumanitiesGeography3GCSE (AQA)[email protected]
History3GCSE (Edexcel)
Creative TechComputing3GCSE (OCR)[email protected]
LanguagesFrench3GCSE (AQA)[email protected]
Bucket 3HumanitiesEnterprise and Marketing3OCR Nationals – Tech Award Lv1 / 2[email protected]
Religious Studies3EDUQAS
HealthHospitality and Catering3EDUQAS Tech Award Lv1 / 2[email protected]
Health & Social Care3BTEC Tech Award Lv1 / 2
Sport3BTEC Tech Award Lv1 / 2
Travel & Tourism3BTEC Tech Award Lv1 / 2
Creative TechFine Art3GCSE (AQA)[email protected]
Product Design3GCSE (EDUQAS)
HealthPSHEYr9 – 1

Yr10 & 11 – 2 tutor sessions

Not Examined[email protected]

Students must study English Language, English Literature, Maths and a Science option, along with PSHE. They then select four guided choices covering EBACC and Bucket 3. Where needed individualised learning pathways will be put in place through partnership with the student, family, SENCo and the academic team for example studying ‘Step Up to English; and ‘Entry Level Maths’.

We offer a wide breath of subjects at Key Stage 4 based on student need, enjoyment, future potential pathways and a balance of learning and opportunity.

For further information regarding our curriculum, please contact:

Andy Marshall-Aherne
Assistant Principal – Head of Upper School
[email protected]

Ellie Doyle
Assistant Principal – Raising Attainment Lead
[email protected]