About KS4

Weatherfield Academy establishes and develops a high culture of trust so that each student’s engagement with communication and learning can be successful. The KS4 curriculum ensures that:

  • Each student’s learning is understood on an individual basis. The classroom offers a safe base with a structured day and clear routine.

  • Self-esteem is developed and self-confidence promoted through engagement in a wide range of learning activities which promotes achievement personal to each individual.

  • Students are encouraged to develop independent skills and learn to manage their emotions and feelings.

  • We expect every student to work their hardest in KS4 in order to achieve their very best learning and make progress in the academy.

  • We expect every student to be well dressed and well prepared for the school day ahead.

  • We expect every child to be polite, kind and respectful to everyone else in the Academy.

  • We expect that every child will treat others as they would wish to be treated themselves at all times.

Principles of the KS4 Curriculum

Core Curriculum Subjects studied at KS4 are:

English, Maths, Science, PSD, Employability, RE, Computing, Leisure, PSHE/SEAL.

Option subjects available are:

DT, Rural Studies,  Cookery, Art, Small animal care, Child care.

Each and every student is given opportunities to make the very best of their gifts and follow their interests. In the morning, the students follow core curriculum lessons. In the afternoon, students partake in their chosen options. Learning opportunities are provided to take account of individual ability and engagement with learning. Students learn in a range of geographical locations, both within school and the wider community.

The Academy and KS4 promotes success for each student and builds self confidence, self esteem, trust and understanding of others.

Organisation of the KS4 Curriculum

KS4 at Weatherfield Academy consists of Years 10 and 11.

Head of Key Stage 4 – Mrs K Owen

4JL – Mr J Leer                           

4AS – Mr A Stackhouse             

4AFS – Mrs A Slough                 

4KO – Mrs K Owen                     

Please feel free to contact your child’s tutor, or me, at any time to discuss any worries or queries you may have. KS4 tutor groups focus on developing an understanding of being responsible, learning and developing independent skills. In tutor groups students undertake targeted English and Maths, tutor time is used to stretch and develop skills. Lesson evaluation focusses on ‘What Went Well’ feedback and ‘Even Better If’ feedback for each individual. Teachers reflect on lessons to ensure that students are making progress.

Reporting to Parents

Parents are provided with a curriculum overview at the start of each term. An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is set at the start of each term, assessed throughout the term and reviewed at the end of term this includes the achievement data of the student. The IEP is sent home at the start of term and the review at the end of term.


On-going formative assessment is important and students and staff evaluate’ What Went well’ and ‘Even Better If’ during lessons.


Planning, lesson evaluation and lesson observations are used in conjunction with basic skills to ensure students personalised learning opportunities are relevantly differentiated according to individual need.


Our focus in KS4 is to help your child to achieve their potential, which can be demonstrated through accredited courses and nationally recognised qualifications, whilst following the ethos of Weatherfield Academy “to become the best person you can be.”


Mrs K Owen, Head of Key Stage 4

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Mr J Selmes


Weatherfield Academy

Brewers Hill Road, Dunstable



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