Parents A to Z

Confused about the acronyms that are used by the academy? This A to Z explains all of the commonly used acronyms

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Key Stage 3 refers to students following National Curriculum Subjects prior to the onset of GCSE / BTEC.


Key Stage 4 refers to students following GCSE / BTEC courses. Students begin KS4 in year 9 for Maths, English and Science. For all other subjects, KS4 starts in year 10 after the options process.


Key Stage 5 refers to students undertaking courses usually in our Sixth Form although some KS4 age students will access courses at this level too.