Key stage 4

We are passionate about ensuring that all students achieve an all-round education that ensures they are well prepared for the next stage of their education or training. Teaching hours are generous with each session lasting 55 minutes.

  • In year 9 there are 5 sessions per week for English and Mathematics, 4 for Science, 3 for humanities and languages, and the other options have 2 sessions per week.
  • In year 10 there are also 5 sessions per week for English and Mathematics and Science, 3 for humanities and languages, and the other options have 3 sessions per week.
  • In year 11 allocations continue as year 10, however English and Mathematics gain an additional session making them 6 sessions per week each doing this critical year.  


To ensure students have a rounded curriculum to prepare them for life beyond school students also study the non-examined subject, Relating for 1 session per week. This covers philosophy and ethics, community and aspects of health and wellbeing and enables active citizenship with FirstGive.

Find out more about each subject by clicking the subject links on the left.

Key Stage 4 Options

The majority of subject choices for Key Stage 4 are made during year 8. In order to support you and your child to make the right choices, we hold an Options Evening to explain the process, and then a Parents’ Evening where you get the opportunity to meet with your child’s teachers to discuss their progress and potential for study at Key Stage 4.

For full information about the options process and individual subjects, please view our Options Booklet here.


Once your choices have been made, you will need to complete our digital options form on SIMs. For further information view: How to register for SIMs ID.

It’s never too soon to think about what you would like to study Post 16 and beyond. Take a look at the latest booklet for Post 16 Study in Southwark, however you can also apply out of borough.

Post 16 Providers in Southwark


Unifrog is an online platform where pupils can easily explore their interests, then find and successfully apply for their next step after school. Please see our Parent and Student Guides.