Overview - Key Stage 3

In Years 7 to 9 compulsory national curriculum subjects are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Design and Technology
  • Art and Design
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Citizenship
  • Computing

Careers Education and Guidance

At Kingsway we provide give good quality advice and guidance, which is further supported by impartial advice from Changing Education. We aim to provide:

  • Support to continue in learning and work-related pathways.
  • Comprehensive information and advice which responds to the needs of each learner.
  • Empowerment to plan and manage their own futures.
  • Careers guidance which informs pupils of local employment needs.
  • High aspirations.
  • Equality of opportunity and a challenge to stereotypes.
  • Help to progress to their next stage in their careers.

The careers library contains comprehensive information on further education, higher education, apprenticeships and employment. This is supported by a dedicated member of staff who also works closely with all the sixth form colleges in the local area. Visiting speakers help to provide students with an insight into the wealth of jobs available and to help raise their aspirations.

In Years 7 and 8 students are introduced to careers through a focus on self-awareness of their skills and interests during Life Skills lessons. They are encouraged to research different types of occupations and careers and to consider the qualifications and skills required.

We are supported by Careers Education and their fully accredited staff in providing students with individual careers interviews. This includes a Careers Action Plan which parents can access via the Connect webpage. A dedicated confidential room in the library is used for all our individual careers interviews.

At key points we provide additional and specific support. During the GCSE options in Year 9 students receive advice and guidance through dedicated assemblies, tutor sessions and the Options Evening, as well as, the traditional parents’ evening. Further guidance is provided by a range of employers at the Careers Speed Dating Evening early in Year 9.

In Year 10 every students has their own practice job interview with outside employers. Each student receives an evaluation of their performance and guidance as to their strengths and which areas to address. The Post 16 Evening allows students and parents the opportunity to meet representatives from sixth form colleges, universities, apprenticeship and training providers, and employers. At the end of the year students are able to attend local college taster days.

In Year 11 sixth form schools and colleges have assemblies with all students informing them of what they offer and their application processes. Additional sessions are provided by apprenticeship providers, and this programme is supplemented each year by lunchtime drop-in sessions. During Year 11 students receive individual careers interviews with a qualified impartial careers advisor.

Overview - Key Stage 4

During Key Stage 4 students work towards national qualifications - usually GCSEs. The compulsory national curriculum subjects are the Core and Foundation subjects.

Core subjects are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science

Students must also have included in their curriculum foundation subjects:

  • Computing
  • Physical Education
  • Citizenship
  • Religious Education
  • Sex and Relationship Education

Careers education is integrated into our extended tutorial programme and complemented by specialist provision; information from employers and post 16 providers; bespoke careers events; and independent careers guidance. Further information can be found on this page.

As well, students choose 4 subjects from a wide variety of options. These are GCSE qualifications unless specified.

  • Art
  • Biology
  • BTEC Business
  • Catering
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • CoPE
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Electronics
  • Food
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Graphic Design
  • Health and Social Care
  • History
  • ICT
  • Leisure and Tourism
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Religious Studies
  • Resistant Materials
  • Spanish
  • BTEC Sport
  • Science (Core & Additional)
  • Textiles

For more information about the curriculum please contact
Mr R. Knott Senior Deputy Headteacher - r.knott@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk

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