Learning:  Key Stage 3  

Key stage 3 builds the foundations for lifelong learning. Each subject has clear progression routes to ensure that students meet their age related expectations. We initially develop the grammar of each subject: the knowledge and skills needed as building blocks for future learning. Upon a solid foundation we can encourage students to develop the dialectic of each subject, creating links between pieces of knowledge and creatively using skills to learn more. Students can then learn how to express themselves within each subject area, creating a specific rhetoric with which they can share their learning at a high academic level.  


Learning:  Key Stage 4

At Key Stage four students all follow a core curriculum of English Language, English Literature, Maths, Double Science, Core PE and Faith and Ethics (short or full course GCSE). In addition students select three option subjects from PE Studies, Computer Sciences, Drama, Music, Art, Art Graphics, French, Spanish, History, Geography, The Separate Sciences, Textiles, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Resistant Materials, Business Studies, Sociology and Dance GCSEs, an ICT vocational qualification and Level 2 BTEC tech award in Health and Social Care. A small cohort attend college one day a week in year 11, completing a vocational qualification in this time.


Year 10 Revision Pack - Knowledge Organisers


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Headline Figures (2017)

Students achieving the EBacc (standard pass) 15.1%

Students achieving 9-4 in English and Maths (Basics at 4+)  72%

Students achieving 9-5 in English and Maths (Basics at 5+)  53%

Students achieving 9-4 in English 82.8%

Students achieving 9-4 in Maths 76.5%

Average total attainment 8 47.58

In addition students did very well across a number of subjects.

In Performing Arts 94% of students achieved A8-C and 46% achieved A*-A.

A*-C grades were achieved by, 93.1% in Art Graphics, 91.1% in Religious Studies, 88.2% in Dance, 80.6% in PE, 88.9% in Music, 75% in Spanish, 75% in French, 96.5% in Physics, 96.5% in Chemistry and 100% in Biology.

Progress 8 is -0.18 (rising from -0.41 in 2016), with progress in Maths rising to -0.02 and progress in English rising to 0.11

Subject Overviews

In Key Stage 4, your child will study a mix of compulsory and optional subjects. In addition, pupils have to take careers education and work-related learning.

For an overview of the KS4 curriculum, please download the presentation given to parents on the KS4 Curriculum Information Evening this year. In addition, The details of the exam board, specification title and contact information for each subject are given in this document.

Click on the 'Subject Departments' button (above/top right) to view our departmental curriculum maps so you can keep track of what your child will be studying.

You can find learning resources related to each of these subjects on our VLE. Here, staff will add helpful material to enable continued learning outside the classroom.

Support with Examinations

In order to prepare thoroughly for each students' exams, we have consolidated a list of resources to help with planning and revision.

Virtual Learning Enviroment (VLE)


You can find learning resources related to each of these subjects on our VLE. Here, staff will add helpful material to enable continued learning outside the classroom.


Sixth Form College

In the sixth form we offer AS and A2 qualifications in around 30 subjects, those listed above plus Government and Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Further Maths, plus level 3 BTECs in Applied Science, ICT, Health and Social Care and Business Studies.   In addition students have Complementary Studies (covering a wide range of skills), tutor time (covering PSHE), can complete the EPQ and work experience.   Over 85% of the sixth form move onto University each year. More details of the curricula provision for sixth form can be found on the sixth form website.

Citizenship, PSHE and IAG are taught through subject areas and tutorial time.

If you have any questions about the curricular provision please email bailyc@turton.uk.com.


Key Stage 5 summer 2017 results

The progress students have made in English (for students who had not achieved a good GCSE pass at the end of year 11) is +1.000 (national -0.094).  All students gained a C+ grade. (2016 Figure)

The progress students have made in Maths (for students who had not achieved a good GCSE pass at the end of year 11) is +0.143 (national -0.107) (2016 Figure)

The average grade that students in Turton Sixth Form College get at 16 to 19 study (key stage 5) is C+

Student retention (the percentage of students who get to the end of their study programme) is 97% (2015 figure)

Student destinations (the percentage of students who continue in education or training, or move on to employment at the end of 16 to 19 study is 91%, with 65% of students moving onto higher education and data not captured for 9% (national 68% EET, with 48% moving on to higher education) (2016 Figure).

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