Key Stage 4 learners, whilst on site at The Bridge School, engage in a mixture of core subjects and vocational accreditation. Learners have the opportunity to access a minimum of three English, maths and science lessons per week, which are delivered by specialist teachers. The aim is that all learners will achieve accreditation in core subjects (GCSE and/or entry level). Centre 37 is The Bridge School’s own vocational centre and is managed by the school SLT team. Centre 37 delivers a range of vocational qualifications, including mechanics, construction, painting and decorating, and hair and beauty. Each Key Stage 4 learner can access up to five full days of education within The Bridge School, Unit 37, Alternative Provision and 1:1 tuition. Each external provider is Quality Assured by the Assistant Head in charge of Alternative Provision and Key Stage 4.
When arranging Alternative Provision careful attention is given to each provider and how they will support each individual learner, allowing them to develop their competencies within SEMH and make progress toward accreditation. All learners follow a totally bespoke timetable that is tailored to their needs and interests. The aim of each bespoke timetable is to allow all learners to gain opportunities to either improve outcomes within core subjects or to gain additional qualifications.
Each learner is supported throughout Key Stage 4 with CEIAG which promotes learners to become engaged with their choices at Post 16, our CEIAG package includes 1:1 sessions, extended or block work experience and career/college events.
When appropriate every effort is made to reintegrate learners back into mainstream education, however when this is not a suitable option, school staff work closely with parents, carers and post 16 providers to ensure that all learners have the opportunity to engage in a challenging and needs led post 16 pathway.
KS4 English Language
At KS4, pupils are prepared for the Eduqas English Language GCSE, and in some cases, OCR English Entry level too. Both courses are skills based and give pupils the opportunity to develop their reading and writing, regardless of their starting point. We read a variety of stimulating short texts over the course of the two year GCSE qualification, and pupils are also encouraged to refine their writing skills by attempting different genres when producing their own written pieces. In addition, pupils enjoy the opportunity to show off their verbal communication skills, and are required to present an argument for their ‘Speaking and Listening’ assessment – these tend to be very passionate pieces of work!
Reading for pleasure is at the very core of success at GCSE, and so pupils are guided towards suitable reading materials. We are pleased that in most cases, pupils are able to find books that they enjoy and we have an impressive selection of fiction and non-fiction for them to choose from in school. We have also recently purchased a fantastic reading programme, ‘Reading Plus’, which helps pupils to develop their reading skills quickly in preparation for their formal examinations at the end of Year 11.
Additional support is available to students should they choose to take extra English as one of their KS4 options.
At KS4, students are taught from entry level up to GCSE depending on their individual ability, need and potential. At GCSE level, students have the opportunity to sit Edexcel foundation or higher tier, with the option to sit OCR if this is more suited to a particular learner. We encourage all students to have a positive attitude towards mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and in society. This is achieved by helping learners to feel confident in maths by teaching clear methods that can be learnt and practised. We also ensure foundations are strong which allows students to then build on and develop strengths in areas such as algebra, percentages, ratio and trigonometry. Skills are practised regularly in starter activities and students are shown how to apply these skills to real-life situations and in problem solving challenges. The topic areas taught are number, algebra, geometry and measures, statistics and probability, ratio, proportion and rates of change.
At KS4 we study AQA GCSE Biology. Biology is the scientific exploration of living thing…from the incredible code on our DNA to the entire global ecosystem!
At The Bridge School we bring this amazing subject to life by giving our pupils the opportunities to learn through carrying out experiments, making observations and drawing conclusions. We encourage our students to develop their natural curiosity and to become passionate scientists who are intrigued by the world around them.
This fascinating subject is studied over two years and is examined with two written exams in the summer of year 11. Both exams are worth 50% of the overall paper (each GCSE paper is worth 100 marks and is 1 hour 45 minutes long).