Pendlebury Centre – KS4 Curriculum (Yr 10, Yr 11)


The Pendlebury Centre offers full-time, 5-days per week placements to Year 11 and Year 10 students referred by schools and approved by the Secondary Panel for Inclusion (SPI).

Placements are offered with an agreed amount of time spent in a designated mainstream school and/or a vocational placement setting. The Centre places huge importance on all Year 10 and Year 11 students gaining experience of a larger, more diverse educational setting ahead of their post-16 transition.

With Year 10 students, they initially spend eight weeks within the ‘Year 10 Assessment Group’ before a more permanent placement is offered. This enables the Centre to assess the needs of each student on a case-by-case basis and ensure that they are best placed.


Students at Key Stage 4 attending the Pendlebury Centre will usually undertake the following studies (listed alphabetically):

Art (Optional)

All KS4 students are invited to participate in the GCSE Art programme. Art is available as a full or half GCSE depending on how much work you have in your portfolio. It requires a commitment of a minimum of one taught afternoon per week, with another afternoon available for supported self-directed study.
Students are required to create a portfolio, worth 60% of their final marks. This should include a minimum of one project consisting of:

  • research of a topic/theme
  • experimentation with materials/techniques
  • design and making of a final outcome e.g. painting or 3D construction
  • accompanying homeworks.

Student also have to sit an extended end of course exam with four weeks to prepare, worth 40% of their final marks.


Careers aims to help every pupil develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers. Inspiring every pupil through more real-life contacts with the world of work helps them understand where different choices can take them in the future.
Careers lessons provide access to a range of activities to inspire students, including discussions, visits and mentors. Lessons and activities support the needs of pupils who require more sustained or intensive support before they are ready to make career decisions. Online tools are used to encourage young people to think about the opportunities available to them.
Certificate of Personal Effectiveness

The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) offers a range of activities and personal challenges to develop six important skills for learning, employment and life. Students are assessed in:

  • working with others
  • improving own learning and performance
  • Problem solving
  • Research
  • Discussion
  • Oral presentation

Challenges are drawn from the following modules:

  • Communication
  • Citizenship and Community
  • Sport and Leisure
  • Independent living
  • The Environment
  • Vocational and Diploma preparation
  • Health and Fitness
  • Work related Learning and Enterprise
  • Science and technology
  • International links
  • Expressive arts
  • Beliefs and Values

The qualification is 100% portfolio-based and teacher-assessed and is equivalent to a GCSE pass. The subject runs for two standalone lessons and one afternoon per week.

Community Counts

The aims of “Community Counts” lessons are to make Year 10 pupils aware of the community they live in as well as their wider community.

Some lessons are delivered within the centre and others are through participation in the local community. Our objectives are to develop the skills of team work, communication and initiative as well as providing a learning experience in an environment outside of the Pendlebury Centre.

We have on an annual basis created links with a local Primary school, St Anne’s Hospice, the ARC project, the Wellspring project, Stockport Homes, Cancer Research and the Sensory Support Service in Stockport. Through these links we have made a contribution to an area of work within the community.

Last year the young people worked with ARC and an artist called John Hamilton to create portable visual/sensory felt boards for the local nursery/reception class to use in their classrooms. We also supported St Anne’s Hospice by sorting and labelling a collection of tapes and CD’s that had been donated to them.

The benefits to the young people at the centre are to understand their community and widen their horizons. Hopefully they may go on, in the future, to support community projects or become a volunteer.

This subject is delivered by Mrs Davies-Colley and Mrs Waters and is usually from 1.10 until 2.30 on a Wednesday afternoon.

Emotional Literacy (Form Time / Check Out)

Emotional Literacy is the ability to understand and express feelings. It is delivered during Form Time at the start of each week and during our daily ‘Check Out’ slots.

Emotional Literacy involves activities to develop self-awareness and recognition of one’s own feelings and knowing how to manage them. Emotional Literacy also includes being able to recognise and adapt to the feelings of other people, whilst at the same time, learning how to manage and express one’s own emotions effectively. This is helpful to developing good communication skills and the enhancement of our relationships with other people.

Emotional Literacy lessons activities help students to learn to relate to each other in truthful and enjoyable ways, while providing a much-needed listening system.


English is offered four times per week. Students work towards AQA qualifications in Functional English and GCSE English Language. There is an option to study for GCSE English Literature.

Functional English aims to ensure students have good communication skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

The GCSE English Language course consists of:

Two examinations:-

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

Paper 2: Writers’ viewpoints and Perspectives.

In addition there is one spoken Language assessment.

Students are assessed on their ability to :-

  • retrieve information from fiction and non-fiction texts, analyse language and structure, evaluate, summarise, and make comparisons between texts
  • write an extended piece of fiction and non-fiction
  • write creatively and accurately
  • present to an audience using Standard English and respond to questions and feedback.

The GCSE English Literature course consists of two examinations:-

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th century novel

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry

Students study:-

One Shakespeare text

One 19th century novel

One modern drama text

An anthology of 15 poems on a theme of Power and Conflict

Unseen poetry




Enrichment (Duke of Edinburgh Award Accredited)

Students undertake two extended sessions each week under the ‘Enrichment’ umbrella. These sessions are similar in focus, content and style to extra-curricular sessions which have proved successful in grammar school settings and more recently, in mainstream comprehensive settings. They are designed to spark new areas of interest for our students and to provide them with a challenging, non-academic programme of development.

The sessions are varied with Tuesday’s double lesson focusing on skills development such as cookery, crafts, chess and yoga. During Thursday’s all-day session, students work with an outdoor pursuits tutor and visit activity centres / leisure areas in the wider Stockport area – during these sessions they undertake orienteering, climbing, abseiling and team games.

The programme is accredited via the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Bronze Level – students can earn module awards and take this further at post-16. The Duke of Edinburgh Award has previously been voted the most valuable alternative award by some of Britain’s top employers – click here for further information.



The Year 10 and 11 groups are currently following the ECDL course which focuses on core ICT skills required for study and employment.  The course provides a basic, recognisable qualification in ICT. Students study ICT for one lesson per week.


The programme of study is four lessons per week which covers Number, Algebra, Ratio and Proportion, Geometry and Measures and finally,  Statistics and Probability. Students are also given the opportunity to develop their ‘Functional Maths’ skills by working on real-life problems. Application of appropriate methods and Interpretation in order to solve problems is also included. Students have the opportunity to enter GCSE Mathematics (Edexcel specification 1MA1) and/or Entry Level Certificate in Mathematics (Edexcel). Students are also entered for Maths Functional Skills (Edexcel) online test. Lessons are differentiated to meet the students need and a variety of teaching and assessment methods used.


Personal, Social, Health Education & Citizenship focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and understanding students need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. There is also a new element, as of September 2014, focusing on personal finance. It runs for one lesson per week.


The Centre offers GCSE Science, following the OCR programme. This qualification identifies the activities and experiences learners will come across in everyday life, and links these to scientific ideas and their implications for society. It provides the opportunity to acquire the scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for life as a citizen. Four science lessons are offered each week.

Study Skills

Study Skills across all year groups for one lesson per week. The sessions look to both address any fundamental gaps in learning and broaden each student’s academic skills.

During this time students work on catch-up programmes focusing on literacy and numeracy, receive additional assistance with coursework and complete activities around ‘learning to learn’, such as mind-mapping.

Wednesday Afternoon Catch-Up

Most students attending the Pendlebury Centre have a history of disrupted attendance and missed opportunities for learning. For those students not attending GCSE Art, Wednesday afternoons are used to continue with coursework from their core GCSES and any additional subjects / courses taken in other settings. Students are coached and encouraged in working independently during these slots, in anticipation of the demands of post-16 transition.

A full list of available qualifications and accreditation can be accessed here.

If you wish to find out more about the Centre’s curriculum, please contact us.