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  • Key Stage 4

    Further information can be found in our Key Stage 4 Curriculum Information Booklet below.

    The Key Stage 4 curriculum is designed to ensure that all students receive a broad, balanced and relevant educational experience—one which fits them for life long learning in an ever changing technological society.  In addition, as a school with a religious character, we also believe that the spiritual and moral dimension of education is essential.  The courses we are offering reflect these two ideas.

    Every student follows a core curriculum.  This consists of:-

    Religious Studies

    English Literature


    Applied Design & Technology

    Modern Foreign Language

    Personal, Social & Health Education*


    Physical Education*

    English Language


    *Personal, Social & Health Education and Physical Education are non-GCSE courses.

    Within Applied Design & Technology there are five distinct courses.  The student studies only one of these:-

    • Food Preparation & Nutrition
    • Textiles
    • Graphic Communication
    • Information Technology
    • 3D Art


    The student chooses two subjects from the following list:-

    Art, Craft & Design



    Computer Science



    Biology, Chemistry, Physics

    Physical Education (GCSE)




    Some students will have the opportunity to extend and enrich their curriculum by studying Astronomy. 

    Further information can be found in our Key Stage 4 Curriculum Information Booklet below.

    The controlled assessment timetable will be published below once it is finalised.


    ‘When you are at school you do not realise what an impact your education will have on your life and the places it will take you.  St Bernard’s was a big part of my foundations.  If you have strong solid foundations, you can build anything you want, knock it down and re-build something new if you desire.  However, without good foundations, you will not build anything at all.’

    — Zoe Upson