Welcome to Key Stage 4! This key stage is made up of Year 10 and Year 11 where students are working towards their IGCSEs (International General Certificate of Secondary Education). Students follow the core subjects of Mathematics, English, two Sciences and a Modern Language, and they get to select three other subjects of their own choice.
Not only is it a time to start thinking about the future and what a student’s subject choices may mean for further study, but it is also a time where the students themselves encounter many changes, be it emotionally or socially. Key Stage 4 is a vital time in a young person’s life – academic requirements and social situations can sometimes feel intense and it is imperative that the students feel supported; this support comes in the form of various people, their form tutors, their teachers and fundamentally myself.
I have many years’ experience working with pupils of this age group – I enjoy their humour, their passionately held ideas and their swinging moods! They are continually engaging, they are challenging in all sorts of ways, both positive and negative, and they help to keep me feeling (if not looking) young!
|Mark Ostrowicz, Head of KS4|