Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Studio West delivers a unique curriculum which is creative, scientific, technological, enterprising and occupational.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Studio West delivers a unique curriculum which is creative, scientific, technological, enterprising and occupational.

We provide our students with the skills needed to progress to employment, apprenticeships and further or higher education according to their individual abilities, aptitudes and ambitions.

Our Curriculum Model

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Project Based Learning
Work Placement
Health & Wellbeing
Information, Advice & Guidance
Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural values
Core Subjects
Academic Breadth
Occupational Breadth
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Scheme

Curriculum Time

We operate an 08:30 - 15:15 working day with year round opening.

A two week timetable maximises curriculum time which means that the first week (A) of the timetable is different to the second week (B).

Monday - Thursday of each week is divided into 6 x 1 hour sessions, Friday is slightly different with 5 x 1 hour sessions, giving a timetable cycle of 58 periods.

Lesson Start Finish
Registration 08:30 08:40
Lesson 1 08:40 09:30
Lesson 2 09:30 10:30
Morning Break 10:30 10:45
Lesson 3 10:45 11:45
Lunch 11:45 12:15
Lesson 4 12:15 13:15
Lesson 5 13:15 14:15
Lesson 6 14:15 15:15

Courses we offer

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Subject Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Number of hours of taught time per subject during the 2 week cycle
Foundation/Higher/Extended F F H F H E
GCSE Mathematics 7 8 7 7 7 7
GCSE English Language 4 4 4 4 4 4
GCSE English Literature 3 4 4 4 4 4
GCSE Science 6 8 7 8 8 9
GCSE Computer Science 4 4 5 5
GCSE Product Design 5 4 5 6 5
GCSE Art & Design 6 3 5 10 3
BTEC Business & Enterprise Studies 4 1 3 6 3
GCSE Spanish 4 4
GCSE Geography 4 4 5
GCSE Photography 4
WJEC Award in Hospitality 6
Literacy 1 1 1
PE 6 6 6 4 6
Achieve 3000 1 1 1
Business Engagement/IAG 4
Duke of Edinburgh 2 1 1 1 1
Tutorial 2 2 2 2 2
European Computer Driving License
Total number of hours 58 58 58 58 58 58


Our vision is to develop a learning environment which ensures employment opportunities are aligned to progression routes through the Studio West curriculum programme.

Our approach offers seamless pathways at Pre 16 and Post 16 providing for all levels of learning. We provide clear progression routes into Higher Education and therefore our partner university (Northumbria) provide pathways to foundation and undergraduate degree programmes for Studio West students.

We demonstrate how 11-19 can be a coherent phase of learning for full time students looking for continuous pathways into employment, further or higher education at different entry levels.

Tutorial Programme

In Year 9 to 13 our students have a 10 minute tutorial session each day and a further 2 x 1 hour sessions per fortnight for PSHE, SMS and IAG.

The themes and issues within the tutorial programme are triangulated through a comprehensive programme of weekly assemblies.

Year 9 and identified students in Year 10 have an additional period for silent reading as part of our literacy/word rich programme.

Pastoral Support at Studio West

We pride ourselves on the support delivered by our Personal Coach Team which is led by Miss Thompson. The team give help and support to students as well as providing information, advice and guidance. We always work in close partnership with Learning Coaches, parents/carers and community projects and services.

Our aim is to identify any concerns or issues at the earliest possible opportunity and remove any barriers to learning which may be preventing our students from reaching their potential. We pride ourselves in knowing our young people well and working alongside the teaching and support staff we aim to develop positive relationships with them and their families. We believe in “parents as partners” and will strive to maintain a co-operative relationship with them. We respond as quickly as possible to any issues and ensure that difficulties are discussed and resolved in the best possible way.

The Personal Coach team includes the school’s SENCO, Attendance Officer, and School Nurse. Offers help and support in the following areas:

  • Behaviour support/management
  • Emotional help
  • Academic support (including intervention work, extended work experience specialised timetables and programmes)
  • Restorative Approaches
  • Peer mediation
  • Links to specialist external agencies when needed
  • Motivational groups
  • Achieve 3000- Literacy support programme
  • Reading group
  • Interventions for handwriting and reading

Project Based Learning

Enquiry and enterprise-based projects are at the heart of the learning and form between 8 - 28% of the timetable for Post 16 learners depending on their individual needs and abilities and over 50% of the curriculum time for Pre 16 learners.

Projects at Post 16 bring to life the core subjects and students' occupational choices, developed with the work placement providers to maximise and embed learning opportunities.

At Pre 16 students get the opportunity to work individually, in small groups or in teams as the projects are developed by local employers, subject specialists, local community groups and other organisations. The projects are planned, structured, differentiated, promoting practical, multi-disciplinary collaborative outcomes, which consider issues relevant to our community.

Dress Code

Students are expected to dress smartly as they are working towards apprenticeships, higher education or work. Both Pre and Post 16 students are expected to wear branded Studio West casual business wear at all times. It is the outward face we present to the community, and we expect students to wear sensible and appropriate dress without fashion accessories - this includes hairstyle and footwear.

Those who do not follow the correct dress code will be sent home after a telephone call has been made to a parent/carer.


High rates of attendance are central to the core mission of achieving high standards and maximizing student outcomes. Attendance is a key variable in securing the high standards that Studio West aspires to.

How to find out more

If you have any queries regarding the content of our curriculum, please Contact us, directing your query to Mrs Wigham and Ms Huntley