Key Stage 4
We encourage every individual pupil to make the most of the learning opportunities available at Roedean, to acquire skills and knowledge that will be useful for life, as well as providing them with the examination results required for further or higher education.
To facilitate this, Roedean has highly-qualified, dynamic teachers, whose passion for their subject is obvious and infectious. We encourage all staff to use teaching and learning techniques, which appeal to all kinds of learners and which move away from the traditional teaching styles. We provide increased opportunities for those with particular talents or interests and support those who need extra help.
Key Stage Four, or the two GCSE years, are pivotal in any student’s life, and can present some difficult choices and decisions.
GCSEs are an important milestone in the students’ journey through school. Whilst still not allowing too much specialisation, they do allow students to choose a selection of courses which suit their particular preferences.
Courses which lead to public examination mean careful selection is essential and the inevitable elimination of some subjects has to be made.
The process of selection at Roedean is taken very seriously and girls are provided with extensive support and guidance to help them shape an individually designed programme of study and extra-curricular activity.
Genevieve was absolutely delighted to achieve a remarkable full house of ten GCSE Grade 9s: ‘I was secretly hoping for it, but it never crossed my mind that I’d actually pull it off!’ She is really looking forward to the challenge of taking A Levels in History, Mathematics, Further Maths, and Latin – she will thrive in the Sixth Form, and Roedean is incredibly proud of her.
Our Year 10 and 11 curriculum extends beyond the core requirements of Key Stage 4 and offers many possible GCSE subject permutations. To ensure that your daughter’s GCSE programme provides her with a broad, balanced education, consistent with the aims of the school, the National Curriculum and the requirements for university entrance, students must take:
An integrated English Language and Literature course (examined as two separate GCSE subjects)
Either the Double Certificate Combined Sciences (which counts as two GCSEs) or the Triple Certificate Separate Sciences (which counts as three GCSEs)
At least one from Geography and History
At least one modern foreign language from French, German, Russian and Spanish
To this core curriculum, students should add further subjects from the list below, carefully selected to reflect their interests and future ambitions.
We recommend that students choose to take nine GCSEs in total, and only in exceptional circumstances, ten. Please note that selecting ten GCSEs limits study time, may restrict subject combinations and can compromise opportunity for extra-curricular experience.
Well done to Demi, who achieved a brilliant haul of ten GCSEs at Grades 9-7 – straight A*-A in the old grading! The results are excellent, particularly given all of the other things she does: she was one of the Sports Leaders who designed and led weekly PE sessions for the children at our partner state primary, she choreographed the winning House Dance routine this year, and she plays in the 1st Netball squad. Demi is looking forward to taking English Literature, Psychology, and Chemistry at A Level.