Examination attainment and overall achievement naturally dominates the way the curriculum is organised at Key Stage Four. These final two years are crucial to the students overall success and the pace is fast and furious. Our students continue to develop in their journey to become life confident, independent young people of the future.

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Curriculum model for YR10 and Yr11
The pie chart below shows the number of lessons allocated to each of the core subject areas and the option choices.

English, maths and science still dominate the curriculum. It is crucial that our students succeed in the three core subjects as they are fundamental in creating future pathways, many sixth forms and colleges require at least a C grade in all three subjects in order to follow L3 courses.

Success is in the core is imperative. The students are taught in setted groups similar to those established lower down the school. In year 10 five form groups are split into six sets, in year 11 six form groups are split into eight sets to support differentiation and to allow more teacher time for each student.

At Bishop Stopford’s School we offer both English Language and English Literature to all of our students. We now offer triple science to some students. This offer allows students to study chemistry, physics and biology discretely which supports students in preparation for studying the sciences at A Level. All other students study both core and additional science.

As a church school, Religious Education is very important to us, all of our students study the full GSCE course which we have considerable success in. GCSE RE is viewed by all our students as a way of exploring spiritual ideas and social attitudes. It is a subject which makes a very significant contribution to our delivery of citizenship and the promotion of British values.

At Bishop Stopford’s School we want our students to have healthy minds and healthy bodies and PE is compulsory for all. From 2014 all year 10 students will study the L2 Sport BTEC qualification during their core lessons providing them with an additional qualification.

Option GCSEs
What remains of the curriculum is divided into the four option choices which have five lessons each over the 50 period fortnight. We pride ourselves on giving our students an open and broad choice of subjects that are suited to all abilities and interests. These are taught in mixed ability but not mixed enthusiasm groups, as students have actively chosen to study these subjects further.


For further information about the curriculum we offer at Bishop Stopford’s School please contact Mrs James

Options booklet 2017

GCSE Examination Courses
All GCSE Examination courses now have a terminal exam in the summer, although some courses require students to undertake controlled assessments which are sat under exam conditions in house. The details of all courses and their content are outlined in the Key Stage 4 booklet distributed during the options process in year nine. If you wish to learn more about the courses we offer click on the relevant links below.

Subject Exam Board Level
Art Edexcel GCSE
Textiles Edexcel GCSE
Business Studies Edexcel GCSE
Food Technology NCFE GCSE
Graphic Products AQA GCSE
Resistant Materials AQA GCSE
Drama Edexcel GCSE
English Literature Edexcel GCSE
Geography AQA GCSE
History Edexcel GCSE
Computer Science Edexcel GCSE
Mathematics (Linear) Edexcel GCSE
German Edexcel GCSE
Spanish Edexcel GCSE
French Edexcel GCSE
Music Edexcel GCSE
ICT (Single Award) Edexcel GCSE
Religious Studies AQA GCSE
Sociology AQA GCSE
 Additional Science  AQA  GCSE
 Core Science  AQA  GCSE
Business Edexcel Level 2
Performing Arts(Acting) Edexcel Level 2
Business (Cambridge Technical) OCR Level 2