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At The Link Academy we are firmly committed to raising achievement whilst ensuring our pupils aim high and make the right choices. There have been occasions when pupils do not make the correct selection of subjects for Key Stage 4 and as a result do not reach their potential or achieve the grades of which they are capable.

Our curriculum at Key Stage 4 is designed so that all pupils, regardless of background, have the opportunity to make progress across a broad choice of subjects and study programmes. Following changes to both GCSE and Vocational qualifications and to the way in which school performance is measured , your child will now follow an individualised pathway based on the following nine subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • English Language and English Literature
  • Combined Science
  • History OR Geography
  • Three further subjects from a range of vocational and GCSE subjects

It is their success in this core provision of nine subjects including English and mathematics that will determine their Attainment 8 and Progress 8 score which will support their progression into Post 16 education.

The Pathway Process

Information regarding each subject and its content are included in the below booklets. The booklets identify both academic (GCSE) and vocational (BTEC/CNAT) courses. The recommendation on which type of course is most suitable for your child will be made during the Pathways process.

A series of subject presentations for pupils will take place prior to the individual choices being made. These presentations will complement the information supplied in this booklet whilst also providing an opportunity for all pupils to have their questions answered.

Using the form at the back of the booklet, pupils and parents are asked to identify first and second choices for subjects they would like to study. Failure to choose a second subject will result in one being chosen for your child.  Senior members of staff will discuss pupil suitability for their chosen courses. A summary detailing all the examination courses including exam board and syllabus code will be posted early in the summer term.