Key Stage Learning

At Park House School we operate a two-year Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8) and a three-year Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 & 11) with GCSEs and equivalent starting in Year 9.
 
This is designed to:
  • Allow students more time to study the core subjects of English, Maths and Science.
    Provide more curriculum time to study their chosen GCSE or BTEC options.
    Maximise the chances of the students achieving the qualifications that make up the English Baccalaureate.

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 and 8 students are set by ability in English, Mathematics and Science.  They remain with their tutor groups for the majority of their remaining subjects - Humanities, Languages and Creative arts - with other mixed groups for Physical Education and Technology.

Personal Health and Social Education, Careers Education and Religious Education is incorporated into the Personal Development Programme delivered through the tutorial programme, a Characters & Values curriculum program and by outside agencies who occasionally visit the school. Discreet workshops are used to deliver more sensitive issues.
 

Key Stage 4

We operate a three-year Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 & 11) with GCSEs and equivalent courses starting in Year 9.

Students study GCSE courses in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Double Science, a foreign language (currently French, Spanish or German) and a humanity (Geography or History).  In addition to these core courses, the majority of students select three further optional GCSE or BTEC courses.

More able students are selected to follow the triple science pathway of separate GCSE courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Personal Health and Social Education, Careers Education and Religious Education is incorporated into the Personal Development Programme delivered through the tutorial programme, a Characters & Values curriculum program and by outside agencies who occasionally visit the school. Discreet workshops are used to deliver more sensitive issues.

All students follow a Physical Education programme for two lessons each week.  At the end of Year 11 students who are not completing the full course GCSE in Physical Education or the BTEC Sport course will have the opportunity to take a short course GCSE in Physical Education or a Junior Sports Leader Award.

Key Stage 5 - The Sixth Form
(Years 12 & 13)

Our Sixth Form at Park House is made up of 250 students following courses at AS Level, A Level, BTEC Level 3 or a one-year access pathway consisting of Level 2 courses sometimes combined with an AS/A Level. Students may also take re-sit GCSE subjects in Mathematics and English.
 
For a detailed Sixth Form prospectus click here.

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