The Key Stage 4 curriculum model offered for this year incorporates the best aspects learnt from previous years and reflects further modifications and improvements which we believe will result in dynamic challenging courses to meet the needs and aspirations of all pupils.

The option choices made at the end of Year 9 ensure all pupils continue to follow a broad and balanced curriculum that is suited to their individual needs. Pupils study a sensible number of qualifications, thereby allowing appropriate curriculum time to be devoted to all subject areas.

At Key Stage 4, pupils work towards predominantly GCSE qualifications. We offer a traditional curriculum based on the core subjects, which provides every pupil the opportunity to study a Modern Foreign Language and Geography or History as part of our commitment to Ebacc (English Baccalaureate). We also offer a range of other approved high value 11-16 qualifications, both GCSE and Technical Award, that meet the destination profiles of our pupils, and broaden the curriculum and pathways available.

Details of these can be found in the Options Booklet available on the school website. The opportunity to follow some Level 1 qualifications is appropriate for some of our pupils and although not all these are included in progress data, they are invaluable in supporting the needs of these particular pupils.

Further details about the technical award qualifications and other vocational courses we offer can be found in the 'Curriculum' section of our website under the tab 'Vocational'.

GCSE or equivalent qualification grading structure

New GCSEs in English Language, English Literature and Maths commenced in England from September 2015. September 2016 and 2017 saw the introduction of new GCSEs in other subject areas.

These new GCSEs will be graded 1 to 9, with 9 being the top grade. Below is a diagram produced by Ofqual indicating how the grading scale compares with the legacy GCSEs using the A*-G grading system.

New GCSE Grading

In September 2021, the vast majority of subjects taught at Broughton will be the 9-1 GCSE specifications. However, technical awards will deliver Level 1/2 Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction* awards.

In short, this means your son/daughter’s progress reports over the next two years and final GCSE/Technical Award grades published in August 2023 could be a mixture of grading systems.