Key Stage 4
Our Curriculum

Years 9 – 11

At Cavendish pupils follow a three year Key Stage Four. The purpose of this is to give them the best possible chance of success in their GCSEs at the end Year 11 by focusing on the subjects that they have most interest in.

Year 9 acts as a transitional year where pupils develop GCSE specific skills prior to studying course specific content.

All pupils study a core curriculum comprising of GCSEs in English Language, English Literature, Maths and Science. For most pupils this leads to 6 GCSEs. They also follow statutory courses in PE and Religious Education which do not lead to GCSE qualifications.
In addition, pupils are guided in their choice of a further four options from a wide range of subjects. A small number of pupils are guided to take a smaller number of option subjects to enable them to receive additional support in English and Maths.

All years follow a Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE) programme designed for each particular year group. This contains a wide range of topics and skills including working with others, career choices, study skills, problem solving, drugs education, economic awareness, personal relationships and sex education.

Regular communication during Key Stage 4 is vital to ensure that students make the best possible progress. Each year we will hold events to share with parents how we will be supporting their children and what they can do too.

Option Subjects for 2019-2020

  • Art and Design: Art Textiles
  • Art and Design: Fine Art
  • Art and Design: Graphics
  • Health & Social Care
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • French
  • Film Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • PE
  • Photography
  • Religious Studies
  • Spanish
  • Triple Science

National Performance Tables


of pupils achieved 9-4 in English.

After School programs


of pupils achieved 9-4 in Maths.

Years Established

Celebrating Success

The staff and governors of Cavendish wish to congratulate all of our Year 11 pupils for the fantastic GCSE grades they have achieved this year.

Headteacher, Peter Marchant said, "The grades that our pupils have achieved are a reflection of their hard work throughout their time at the school and they can rightly feel proud of what they have achieved through these  challenging times."