Norton College

Norton College

11 - 19 School & Sixth Form Centre

"Pupils are prepared well for life after school"

Ofsted, 2023

I work hard to achieve my full potentialI am resilient and believe that anything is possible with effortI take pride in myself, my college and my communityI am confident, self motivated and ambitious to achieveI am known and respected as an individual.I engage in all aspects of college life with enthusiasm
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2) Key Stage 4

2) Key Stage 4

You can access information specific to our options process by visiting our dedicated options information page which can be found here

In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11), all students study the core curriculum subjects. These are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Religious Education
  • Personal Development

In addition students are expected to study French AND history or geography. This combination of subjects would enable a student to meet the requirements of the EBacc (the English Baccalaureate) which allows access to additional opportunities in the future. Students can choose to do all three subjects together (French, history and geography) should they wish.

Students then have two additional choices made from the following subjects:

  • Animal Care (BTEC) - From September 2023 
  • Art and Design (GCSE)
  • Business (GCSE)
  • Computer Science (GCSE)
  • Design Technology - Product Design and/or Textiles (GCSE) - From September 2022
  • Geography (GCSE)
  • Health and Social Care (BTEC)
  • History (GCSE)
  • Hospitality and Catering (WJEC Award)
  • Media (BTEC)
  • Music (BTEC)
  • Performing Arts (BTEC)
  • Religious Education (GCSE) - From September 2022
  • Sport Science (Cambridge National)
  • Triple Science (GCSE)
  • Work Skills (Level 1 BTEC) - From September 2023

All options are offered subject to student demand. As a result, one or more of the subjects listed here may not run in any given academic year.  

For students in Year 9 the process of how to choose options will begin in the Spring Term. To find out more about this process, please visit our page dedicated to the KS4 options process. This page is updated by November of each academic year for those students entering Year 10 the following year.    
In addition to the option to study Computer Science, all students are taught the compulsory elements of the National Curriculum for Computing at Key Stage 4. This provision is supported with dedicated assemblies as well as through cross-curricular approaches.

All students are taught the compulsory elements of the National Curriculum for religious education (RE), citizenship and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education. This provision is supported with dedicated assemblies as well as through Personal Development and Religious Education lessons, mentor time activities, collapsed curriculum events and cross-curricular approaches.

Parents and carers have the right to request that their children be exempted from attending assemblies of a religious nature and RE lessons on the grounds of religious belief. In addition, parents and carers also have a right to request the withdrawal of their child from aspects of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) providing that they do not form part of the National Curriculum. Any comments or concerns relating to the implementation of the National Curriculum or the provision of Religious Education should be directed to the school in the first instance.

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