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KS4 Pathways

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KS4 Curriculum

The KS4 curriculum ensures that all pupils have a broad and balanced education and at the same time allows pupils to follow a programme of study to support future aspirations.

All pupils are able to take the subjects leading to the Ebacc.

Pupils able to read , write and speak in a community  language are able to choose to take that language as an additional GCSE in addition to/or instead of the more traditional MFL subjects.

Core Subjects

All pupils must study the following subjects:

  • Maths

  • English Language

  • English Literature

  • Combined Science

Pupils with an aptitude for Science may choose to study the three separate Sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics instead of Combined Science

Ebacc Subjects

The Ebacc is the government's preferred curriculum and requires pupils to study History or Geography and a Modern Foreign Language.

Pupils select their Ebacc subjects as part of the options process. The  opportunity to choose subjects to allow them to achieve the Ebacc is open to all pupils.

Pupils can choose up to four subjects from the list below.


They must choose at least one subject from the list.

- Modern Foreign Language and/or Community Language

- History

- Geography

- Computer Science

- Separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)


Pupils can choose up to 3 subjects from a range of open subjects.

Our KS4 offer varies slightly from year to year to meet the needs and aspirations of the KS4 cohort.


Current subjects offered include:

GCSE Subjects

  • Art (Edexcel)

  • Drama (Edexcel)

  • Food Technology (WJEC)

  • Product Design (AQA)

  • Graphics (AQA)

  • Media Studies (AQA)

  • Film Studies (WJEC)

  • Business Studies (Edexcel)

KS4 Wider Curriculum

All pupils will have a double session of PE each week.

All pupils will study core RE for one session each week. This follows the Enfield agreed syllabus and pupils will be able to sit the short course RE qualification at the end of the course.

All pupils will have a double session of PSHE once every 2 weeks. PSHE includes education on SRE and Careers.


We consider Enrichment so important in developing character education that it has its own slot on the timetable!

Enrichment activities range from gardening and environmental science to learning sign language and helping at local primary schools.

All pupils from year 7 to 11 get to experience a range of enrichment activities and all  staff at Laurel Park School offer an activity of their choice.

Bespoke Curriculum Pathways

Where a specific need is identified we will offer a bespoke pathway. For example, a targeted pathway towards those with particular SEMH needs or those who  join us as in year admissions with limited or no English and/or limited previous experience of school.

The intent of the bespoke  curriculum is to ensure pupils maximise their attainment whilst at the same time  the curriculum will remain ambitious and is designed to give pupils the knowledge they need to take advantage of opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in later life.

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