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Year 9 Key Stage 4 Options information booklet

Students at Lawnswood follow a broad and balanced curriculum.

We deliver a wide range of subjects that allow students to excel in their specialist areas and prepare them for a rapidly changing workplace. The curriculum offer is regularly reviewed to ensure it meets the needs of students and adheres to all curriculum changes and developments implemented at a national level.

English, Maths and Science form the core curriculum.

During Key Stage 3 students also study History, Geography, EPR (Ethics Philosophy and Religion), Art, PE, Design Technology (Food, Textiles and Product design), ICT, up to two Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Drama and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education).

Lawnswood School curriculum is designed to offer both challenge and support.  The Key Stage 3 curriculum focuses upon developing strong literacy and numeracy skills which are embedded throughout all subjects as well as  8 hours per week of English and maths.  All students study one modern foreign language from the start of Year 7, however some students are also afforded the opportunity to study a second language for two years before taking their GCSE options.

At Key Stage 4, students are given a choice of options from a wide array of subjects. These range from traditional academic GCSE courses to high quality vocational options. Students are encouraged to follow a pathway that will ensure they continue onto successful destinations after Year 11.  The majority will study a modern foreign language, and all are expected to study at least two science GCSEs and either geography or history. 

At Key Stage 5, we work in partnership with Ralph Thoresby School, in order to ensure that we can offer a wide range of subjects of both an academic and vocational nature.  Please see the prospectus for full details about the courses offered and entry requirements.

In addition students also benefit from our Extended Provision Curriculum, an overview of which can be seen here >>. Through the Extended provision Programme, our school’s aim is to promote and support our students in:

  • developing their employability skills so that they are well prepared for the next stage of their education, employment, self-employment or training·understanding of how to keep themselves safe from relevant risks such as abuse, sexual exploitation and extremism, including when using the internet and social media
  • knowing  how to keep themselves healthy, both emotionally and physically, including through exercising and healthy eating
  • their personal development, so that they are well prepared to respect others and contribute to wider society and life in Britain.

The programme incorporates statutory PSHE/British Values/SMSC/CIAG, as well as a review of programmes of studies for KS4 to underpin Ethics and Philosophy (Statutory RS)

Read about changes to our curriculum >>

For further details of our curriculum offer please see the support packs, which can be found in the Year Groups section of this website >>

If you have further questions after looking at the support packs, please contact Ms Katie Nicholson, Deputy Headteacher Standards & Curriculum on the school number.

At Key Stage 4 our options subjects include the following:

Art GCSE   Art and design BTEC Business GCSE
Business BTEC  Computer Science GCSE Drama GCSE
Film studies GCSE Food technology GCSE French GCSE
Geography GCSE German GCSE Health and Social care GCSE
History GCSE Music GCSE Product design GCSE
Spanish GCSE Textiles GCSE  

Lawnswood School continues to be a good school!

See our recent Ofsted feedback here >>