Key Stage 4
Key Stage 4
Derby Pride Academy encourages students to achieve Level 2 outcomes in order to open a variety of pathways for their future.
All students will study:
- GCSE English Language & English Literature
- GCSE Mathematics
- GCSE Core Science
- European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) ICT
- GCSE History
- GCSE Personal Finance
- GCSE Product Design
- GCSE Art & Design
- CACHE Level 2 Childcare
- Life Skills
- Personal Development (which includes Careers Information, Advice & Guidance and Religious Education).
Students aiming to achieve the English Baccalaureate can choose to study a language through negotiation with the Vice Principal – Curriculum.
Although not offered as a separate subject, Religious Education is delivered as part of the Personal Development programme in all year groups.
In order to allow students to access qualifications in subjects previously studied in their mainstream school (but not offered at Derby Pride Academy), some students may be disapplied from some subjects in order to undertake supervised independent study.
We have considered the controversy around ECDL; however, for our students, the immediacy of results has a significantly positive impact on self-esteem and builds confidence that extends to other subjects.
All subjects will identify barriers established whilst in mainstream education; using experiences from our core body of staff, we will draw on knowledge to identify strategies to support students in accessing all areas of the curriculum. Individual learning styles are addressed, further assisting in over-coming barriers once faced in a mainstream setting.
Changes to GCSE Assessment grades
The Government have made some changes to the way in which GCSEs are to be graded from September 2015. These changes will not affect any students beginning Year 11 in September but will affect certain courses for students beginning Year 10.
Currently, GCSEs are awarded grades A*-G; from September 2015, English and Mathematics specifications changed to award grades 9-1, with grade 9 being the highest grade. This September, further subjects have implemented revised specifications and are now graded in this way.
Many schools are amending the way in which students’ work will be graded in order to make this transition more straightforward. You will therefore note some changes to the levels and grades that all students in Years 7-10 are awarded from September. Please click here to find out more.
Watch this video to find out more about the new grade boundaries.
Should you wish to find out more about the curriculum Derby Pride Academy is following, please contact Mrs C Smith (Vice Principal – Curriculum) who will be able to provide you with the relevant information.