Abbeywood School

Abbey Wood School

The Olympus Academy Trust is committed to delivering an outstanding education for young people, ensuring that our students have access to the highest standards of teaching, resources and learning opportunities.

We work in close partnership with our schools, ensuring that we facilitate the sharing of best practice and provide access to a wide range of partners and resources for the benefit of our students and the wider community. Visit our website here or follow us on Twitter @olympustrust.

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Key Stage 4

In Years 10 and 11, students are able to take up to ten subjects covering a wide variety of areas. Their pathway will depend on how well they have progressed through Key Stage 3 and what they want to prepare themselves for in terms of their future study.

They are guided through this process in Year 9 when they undertake the pathway process and this ensures that they are on appropriate courses in the right subjects for the future.

There are two pathways: green and blue which enable students to access a range of appropriate courses suitable for their ability and progression to Post 16. Each pathway consists of two key areas:

Essential Learning: a core of English, Maths, Science, PE and Ethics. Additional Learning: a range of courses and different types of qualifications. A well-structured Student Support Team led by the Year Academic Co-ordinators provides an oversight of student progress and appropriate interventions to help students to achieve their very best.

All students have target grades for each course they follow and we regularly assess student progress and report this to parents. Parents can also have 1:1 conversations with members of staff at different points during the year at our parent consultation events. For further information, please see the parents' section of the website.

For detailed information and guidance about the Key Stage 4 curriculum and Pathways, please click here to download the Pathways booklet. Parents and carers will get an updated copy of this in January of each year as we begin to discuss Key Stage 4 Pathways with students.

Essential Learning courses for everyone at Key Stage 4

English Language and English Literature GCSE

Mathematics GCSE

Science (BTEC, Core and Additional or Triple Sciences)


ESMECC (Ethics, Social and Moral Eductaion with Citizenship and Careers) GCSE

Additional Learning courses (3 options available in the school day with 1 twilight session available for all students)

Art and Design GCSE/BTEC

Business* BTEC (ACS and BSCS)

Catering GCSE

Computing GCSE

Dance GCSE* (ACS)

Drama GCSE

Film Studies GCSE

French GCSE

Geography GCSE

German GCSE

Health and Social Care* GCSE/BTEC (ACS)

History GCSE


Media Studies BTEC* (BSCS)

Music GCSE * (ACS)


Product Design GCSE

Psychology* (PCC)

Sociology GCSE

Sport BTEC

Step Up* (BSCS)

Textiles GCSE

Workskills* BTEC L1/2 (ACS)


NOTE: * = a course comissioned through the Concorde Partnership and available for all students in Y10 as part of the pathways process.

ACS = Abbeywood Comunity School

BSCS = Bradley Stoke Community School

PCC = Patchway Community College