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KS4 Curriculum Overview

At the Rubicon Centre, we believe in developing every aspect of a young person. We have created a curriculum to address academic achievements which includes a core offer of English and Maths, alongside developing social, emotional and mental health skills. We provide lessons specifically targeted towards personal development. These are all in line with our school ethos: Respect, Responsibility and Resilience. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum.


Key stage 4 pupils will experience a host of practical lessons including: cooking, art and an option of Design and Technology. Afternoon sessions provide pupils the opportunity to choose options. Currently, pupils have the chance to study subjects across a level 1 BTEC qualification in Vocational studies, including Art, Business, Hospitality and Catering, Childcare and Hair and Beauty.  Students can also study a range of ASDAN short courses and receive certification for participation. Our curriculum also offers ASK (Acquired skills & knowledge), nurture and PHSE lessons.


We believe in providing a range of qualifications to match the ability of each pupil, therefore baseline assessments will be carried out on entry to our centre to ascertain a pupil’s individual starting point. This allows our teaching staff to support each pupil on their academic journey.

Each pupil will be assigned a form group and a personal form tutor who will communicate regularly with parents/carers. Achievements and rewards will be celebrated with pupils and ‘Star of the week’ will be awarded for those displaying: hard work, resilience, responsible behaviours and respectful attitudes towards adults and peers.


In order to support our pupils with their next steps, we provide a curriculum that teaches key skills in careers and personal development. Visits, trips and events allow pupils a chance to experience colleges and universities first hand so that they can plan their next steps into adulthood. Key tutors also play a major role in supporting key stage 4 pupils with applications to colleges and transitions.

The social, emotional and mental health needs of our pupils is supported using ‘Thrive’ where appropriate and advice and support is provided by external agencies and professionals.