Our Key Stage 4 Curriculum offer

In developing our Key Stage 4 curriculum, our main aim has been to maximise the chances that, after they have left us, our students will engage positively in education, employment or training. Having been assessed as part of their induction, our students will find themselves on a pathway that is either vocational or academic or a combination of the two.


There are five key elements to our KS4 curriculum:


Literacy and Numeracy: we place great emphasis on these in all subject areas and, for some, targeted intervention is also applied. Mathematics and English occupy a large part of the timetable.



Qualifications: all courses taught are accredited. We are committed to being the best performing PRU in the North, where qualifications are concerned. As well as English and Maths at GCSE or Functional Skills, a broad range of vocational and academic qualifications is available. All of these the qualifications we offer are fully recognised in education and industry and we have sought to offer practical courses that reflect the local job market. We have fully equipped practical resources including an Engineering workshop, a Land based operations unit, Haelth and Fitness Level 1/2 and a Teaching kitchen.

We are looking to extend the vocational offer to include Construction, Hair and Beauty, Childcare and other accredited courses.



Personal Development: Personal and Social Education helps students lead confident, healthy and responsible lives.

The course is structured through a combination of units which best meet the needs of our students. The units collectively reflect the programmes of study for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE): personal well-being and economic well-being and financial capability at Key Stage 4. Through the completion of the units all students will gain practical knowledge and skills to help them to live safely and healthily and to prosper.

Preparation for Working Life is part of the Personal Development element. This is an inter-disciplinary course which covers aspects of careers, health, personal safety, employment opportunities, applying for jobs and personal finance. Preparation for Working Life is a practical course in which students learn skills such as how and where to find employment opportunities, how to apply for jobs and courses, and how to prepare for an interview.

The Subject Content is divided into nine main compulsory sections:

  • Personal Awareness
  • Healthy Lifestyles for work-life balance
  • Relationships and the Differences Between People
  • The Changing World of Work
  • Applying for Jobs and Courses
  • Economic and Financial Aspects of Life
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Enterprise Activities
  • Hazard Identification at Home, on the Roads and at Work

We also offer the 'Young Enterprise Award' - The Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading charity that empowers young people to harness their personal and business skills.

The Young Enterprise Secondary Programmes make the connection between school and the world of work, enabling young people to develop the knowledge and attitudes they need to succeed, building on 8 key skills:



•Financial Capability








Enrichment: Another important part of our work on personal development is our Enrichment programme which takes place throughout the school week. This includes; independent travel, boxing, football and other sports, Canoeing, Skiing, Snowboarding, Forrest Schools and very soon we will be offering the Driving Test Theory sessions.



Information, Advice and Guidance: We go to great lengths to help our students to find the right post 16 destinations, ones that they can access and sustain and that they will enjoy. We work closley with the College, INSPIRA and other providers.

More than that, we now stay in touch with all our leavers for the whole of their first year in post 16, tracking their progress and supporting them when needed.




Daily routine

This Key Stage is more flexible to meet needs. Each student will be entitled to at least the following: Arrive 8:45 depart 2:30 – 5 3/4 hours learning per day All break and lunch periods fully staffed and aimed at building relationships, correcting behaviour and encouraging positive interaction between peers. There will also be targeted interventions for individuals at this time based on need.


KS4 students will have either have 5 fulldays on site, or a package tailored to meet their needs- for example 3 full days on site. 1 full day at a local college and one full day work experience.

Work experience is generally for a 6 hour period as a minimum and helps prepare students for their future careers.

A typical week would equate;

28.75 learning hours at the Centre


A package, for example - 15 ¾ learning hours on site

4 hours college provision

1 hour numeracy and literacy on college day

6 hours’ work experience Minimum 25 hours

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