Key Stage 4 Curriculum

All students follow the core curriculum of:

  • • English language
  • • English literature
  • • Mathematics
  • • Science: students are able to study for separate GCSEs in biology, chemistry and physics or take the two GCSE ‘double award’ programme.
  • • Physical education.
GCSE Options

During Year 9 students are guided to choose additional subjects to match their aptitudes and interests, and to allow them to get the best results possible.

Our wide selection of GCSE subjects offer many pathways. We review this annually. All of these subjects result in GCSE qualifications with the exception of those marked * which are Cambridge Nationals.

Art & Design
Biology
Business Studies
Chemistry
Citizenship Studies
D&T Resistant Materials
D&T Textiles Technology
Drama
Food Technology
French
Geography
History
Health & Social Care*
IT
Media Studies
Music
Photography
Physical Education
Physics
Psychology
Religious Studies
Spanish
Sport Studies*
Statistics

Citizenship

Throughout Key Stage 3 and in the first year of Key Stage 4, students follow a citizenship programme to develop their personal understanding of the world and their future.

This subject draws upon philosophical debate and study, religious viewpoints, the new British Values themes as well as key topics relating to personal development and students’ ability to move on into adult life, such as career choices, sex and morality, finance and politics.

Careers education is also an important element: students meet people representing a wide range of occupations and professional services. Further and higher education options are also explored so that students are aware of all the possibilities available to them.

Sport

We have excellent sporting facilities, benefitting from expansive grounds, an all-weather pitch and a well-equipped sports hall. Our partnerships with Brighton & Hove Albion, Burgess Hill Rugby Club, Burgess Hill Town Football Club and other local organisations enhance the sporting provision offered to our students.

Students’ involvement in sport develops teamwork and leadership skills, as well as qualities of resilience, persistence, and confidence.

Students participate in a wide range of sporting activities: we follow a broad curriculum and offer a diverse range of extra-curricular sporting clubs and activities.

Our major sports are athletics, basketball, cricket, football, netball and rugby. We also offer badminton, dance, gymnastics, handball, hockey, rounders, table tennis and tennis.