Key Stage 4

The Carlton Academy offers a broad and balanced curriculum for students at Key Stage 4. The options process - called Guided Choices- takes place in the spring term of Year 8, as we offer a three year Key Stage 4 GCSE curriculum for student from year 9 to 11.

The options process is carefully designed to meet the needs of every student. Each student (and parent) is provided with support and guidance when selecting GCSE options by the Academy's curriculum and pastoral teams.

As part of their Key stage 4 studies, all students study towards the following core curriculum throughout years 9-11:

  • GCSE English Language
  • GCSE English Literature
  • GCSE Maths
  • A double GCSE qualification in Science and in some cases a triple science course taught as part of the science curriculum (does not count as one of the options)
  • GCSE Short Course in Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (taught in years 9 and 10)
  • Core PE (non-qualification)  

Support is provided throughout the process in guiding students towards making the best selection of options subjects to maximise their progress and achievement at the end of Year 11.

The Academy offers a wide range of both academic and vocational subjects and this offer is reviewed regularly to respond to curriculum developments and the learning needs of students.

You can download a copy of the most recent Options Booklet from the icon below:

March 2019 Options Booklet

March 2019 Options Evening presentation to parents

Exam breakdowns and revision guides for GCSEs



Please click here for 2018 Year 11 leavers destinations data

Please click here for the 2017 Year 11 destinations data


Exam Revision Resources

You can download a copy of the resources available from the links below

GCSE Online Revision Guide

Revision Resources

BBC Bitesize - Exam Boards


A copy of the instrumental lessons in school can be found here.