Key Stage 4
Derby Pride Academy encourages students to achieve Level 2 outcomes in order to open a variety of pathways for their future.
Students will study:
GCSE English Language
GCSE English Literature
GCSE ICT (Level 2 ITQ)
GCSE Personal Finance
GCSE Art & Design
CACHE Level 2 Childcare
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.
There is a strong focus on Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT as we know our local providers either require this for post-16 destinations or will offer this as part of the course for those who do not achieve the required GCSE grades. Early entry for these exams has a positive impact on self-esteem and builds confidence that extends to GCSEs.
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
In September 2015, the Government made changes to the way in which GCSEs are to be graded. These changes affect most 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.
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.