Key Stage Four at GFS

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 at GEMS Founders School is the first stage where students take responsibility for selecting their own curriculum pathways. After selecting five different options they want to pursue, alongside the core compulsory subjects, they begin their journey through Key Stage 4. These chosen subjects are selected through their interests, their achievements and the guidance received from the school for their future. 

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Edward Nutt

Head of Key Stage 4

Meet The Head of Key Stage 4

My educational ethos is that every child has the right to a quality education where they can strive to achieve. I believe that pupils should be continually praised to improve confidence to increases chances of success.

 

Explore the Key Stage Four Programme

(Year 10 and Year 11)

  • Pedagogy

    Key Stage 4 at GEMS Founders School is the first stage where students take responsibility for selecting their own curriculum pathways. After selecting five different options they want to pursue, alongside the core compulsory subjects, they begin their journey through Key Stage 4. These chosen subjects are selected through their interests, their achievements and the guidance received from the school for their future. 

    As our students grow and develop in to young adults through the two years within the Key Stage, our teachers encourage them to share their passions and pursue the unknowns within each subject area. Science Labs, 3D printers, Virtual Reality kits and an Apple Mac Lab are just a few of the resources that our teachers engage with to help develop and continue to drive our students. The following teaching strategies that involve project-based learning, classroom discussions, extracurricular school visits and the independent self-study skills with the aforementioned school resources, allow our students to truly succeed.

    Over the two years, students are assessed through both their classroom work and formal assessments. Our staff are continually thinking of innovative ways to assess our students ensuring student wellbeing is our top priority. Through establishing independent self-study revision skills that evolve through our Key Stage assessments, we ensure all pupils have the necessary tools to sit their IGCSEs at the end of Year 11.

    Finally, towards the end of Year 11 they are then given the opportunity to refine their interests into four subjects to be studied further in Key Stage 5. Through expert guidance from our careers counsellor, teachers and online platforms, students can begin to investigate where their future lies wherever that may be around the world. Once they have made their final choices and completed their IGCSEs in May and June they continue through to Key Stage 5.

  • Course Structure

    GEMS Founders School are proud to offer a range of IGCSE subjects accredited by Oxford International AQA Examinations and Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE). All qualifications GFS offers are recognised by schools, colleges and universities internationally, thus enabling all of the students to gain access to the best academic institutions in the world. Oxford AQA brings over 100 years of assessment experience, academic research and international best practice whilst CAIE is part of Cambridge Assessment, Europe’s largest assessment agency and a department of the University of Cambridge.

    • English, Mathematics, Islamic Studies, Physical Education, Moral Education and UAE Social Studies compulsory subject
    • Students choose from 5 additional option blocks offering a broad and balanced range of subject
    • Students receive 1 to 1 mentoring and guidance, as well as significant support from the GEMS College Counseling Network
    • Cambridge Assessment International Education (http://www.cambridgeinternational.org/) and Oxford International AQA Examinations (https://www.oxfordaqaexams.org.uk/) as the two examination boards
    • A culture of learning built upon Mindfulness, Language and Character
    • Experienced staff
  • Curriculum Maps Term 1

  • Assessment

     

    Key Stage 4: Year 10 and 11

            

    GEMS Founders School offers a wide range of examination courses accredited by a range of examination boards.  Accessing the links inside these documents will take you to each examination board website.  Here you will find all of the information about each of the examination subjects; including how the courses is assessed.

     

 

 

Explore All Our Curriculums

  • fs1

    Early Years

    The Foundation Stage of school introduces young learners to school-life

  • ks1

    Key Stage 1

    At this stage students are introduced to subjects that will lay the...

  • ks2

    Key Stage 2

    During Key Stage 2, students start to rationalise and think independently

  • ks3

    Key Stage 3

    Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 follow the National Curriculum for England

  • ks4

    Key Stage 4

    GEMS Founders School are proud to offer a range of IGCSE subjects

  • sixth-form

    Sixth Form

    GEMS Founders School are proud to offer a range of AS / A Level subjects

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