All students are placed into one of four coloured routeways based on their attainment at Key Stage 3. The colours are red, purple, green and blue. These routeways determine the number of GCSE or equivalent qualifications that students will obtain and also the combination of subjects that they can choose.
We believe very strongly that one of the core purposes of secondary school is to equip all students with the highest standards of literacy and numeracy, which are developed throughout the curriculum. These key skills enable Kingdown students to successfully progress at the age of 16 to Sixth Form study, to a vocational course at another provider, or into an apprenticeship or job with training. Therefore, the Key Stage 4 curriculum at Kingdown School is designed to provide a rigorous academic core for all students, alongside a range of curriculum options which enable students to specialise in the subjects they enjoy the most.
We organise our curriculum into two halves:
Alongside the core curriculum, students can opt in to study for 3 or 4 additional subjects. To help guide students’ choices appropriately, students are classified into one of four ‘routeways’:
Red Route – our most academic routeway. Students select 4 single options from a choice of around 20 available subjects.
Purple Route – our most flexible routeway. Students select either 3 or 4 options from the available subjects. Students opting for 3 options select one ‘double option’, which is given extended curriculum time.
Green Route – our routeway which offers a number of vocational options. Students select 3 options from the subjects available, which place an emphasis on work-related and more hands-on learning.
Blue Route – our routeway for students who benefit from working in a smaller group environment. Options and curriculum time in different subject areas are varied according to the needs of the individual, with a key focus on cross-curricular literacy and numeracy.
For further details on the subjects offered within our curriculum model, please refer to our Key Stage 4 Option Pathways (internal link)
To help students through the options process, we have developed four coloured ‘routeways’ which dictate the number of GCSEs a student takes at Key Stage 4. Our experience has shown that it is better for some students to attempt fewer GCSEs, and be more successful in these, than to attempt many GCSEs and not meet their potential in all subject areas.
The four routeways are Red, Purple, Green and Blue:
Where our routeways system does not suit a student’s learning needs, the curriculum can often be adapted to suit. We know that students’ success comes from getting ‘the right student on the right course’. Please discuss your child’s individual needs with Mr Murray (Assistant Headteacher) if required.
If you have any questions about the Key Stage 4 curriculum model, please contact: