Key Stage 4
In line with the National Curriculum, St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy students follow the formal Key Stage 3 curriculum until the end of year 9. From year 10, more personalised opportunities become available, helping students make informed choices about the subjects they wish to pursue to a higher level, as well as providing them with greater academic and vocational breadth.
All students in years 10 and 11 study English Language and English Literature, Mathematics, Science and Religious Education at GCSE, together with a core entitlement to physical education. Where appropriate, students are provided with the opportunity to study separate sciences and some students choose to study Computer Science as an option subject. We also encourage many of our senior students to study a language and a humanities subject (History and/or Geography) which allows students to qualify for the English Baccalaureate and helps them meet the Progress 8 measure. We encourage and support our students in achieving high standards in all of their subjects, particularly through our highly successful Assertive Mentoring programme.
Although the majority of our students study a range of GCSE subjects, we also offer a select number of BTEC/vocational courses to supplement our GCSE pathway for students for whom this is appropriate.
Core subjects:
English Language/English Literature (5 lessons per week)
Mathematics (5 lessons per week)
Science(s) (6 lessons per week)
Religious Education (3 lessons per week)
Core physical education (2 lessons per week)
Students can then choose to follow further courses that match their interests, skills and aspirations. Courses may be drawn from the following:
  • Art & Design
  • Business Studies
  • Catering
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Electronics
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Graphics
  • Health and Social Care
  • History
  • ICT
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Product Design
Three lessons per week are given to the study of each of these “option subjects”.