Christian Head, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4HA

017683 71693

Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

A Co-operative Academy

Key Stage 4

Towards the end of Key Stage 3 students are asked to choose their options in preparation for their GCSE courses.

During this time, we are able to offer pupils considerable amounts of advice, a major advantage of a small school. We liaise closely with parents to ensure that individual students are guided into an appropriate and broadly balanced curriculum suited to their abilities.

Core Subjects

  • English Language and English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science(s) - combined or triple Science will be chosen
  • Personal Development (Citizenship and Issues, Values & Beliefs)
  • Physical Education (Games)

Optional Subjects

We feel that pupils should have a balanced curriculum which allows them to keep future options open to them and allow progression towards post 16 courses. Pupils choose 3 subjects (if studying triple science) or 4 subjects (if studying combined science).

All option subjects are allocated five lessons per fortnight.

Following government guidance towards Progress 8 measures we will ask all students to choose at least one of the following subjects:

  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Spanish

We are also initially offering the following subjects. Please note that not all of these subjects will run if there are insufficient numbers of students.

  • Art & Design
  • Business Studies
  • Drama
  • Design & Technology
  • Level 1/2 Award in Engineering 
  • Food Preparation & Nutirition
  • IT- Digital 
  • Media Studies
  • Physical Education (GCSE)


 Year 9 Options Booklet.pdfDownload
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