Key Stage 4


Stowmarket High School delivers a 3 year GCSE programme of study – students will choose their options in February/March of Year 8.  In Years 9, 10 and 11, we offer a more personalised and flexible, curriculum enabling everyone to find a combination of courses which complement their interests and talents. We are able to cater for the needs of all our learners from the most academically able, to those with additional educational needs by offering three curriculum pathways. All learners have the opportunity to choose from GCSE and Vocational/BTEC courses. 

For the majority of lessons, teaching groups will be mixed ability. In Mathematics and Science students are set according to ability based on a range of data, with each of these curriculum areas taking responsibility for how they set students. Sets are regularly reviewed with movement between sets occurring when appropriate.

All students at Key Stage 4 study:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Core PE
  • PSHE
  •  RE
  • Inspirational Futures

    Current subjects/courses that students can choose as part of their Year 8 options process are:
  • Geography
  • History
  • French
  • German
  • ICT
  • Computer Science
  • Exam PE
  • V Cert Sport and Coaching
  • Resistant Materials
  • Graphics
  • Engineering
  • Textiles
  • Food and Nutrition
  • V Cert Hospitality and Catering
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Health and Social Care
  • Child Development
  • Business Studies
  • Employability for Life
  • Sociology


    Each year we look to evolve and adapt our Key Stage 4 offer so that it is appropriate for students in that particular year group.