KS4 Curriculum

Key Stage 4

We help young people aged 14-16 to overcome their difficulties and achieve their potential by raising their aspirations, confidence and self-esteem.  We provide an exciting and relevant individualised curriculum with a strong emphasis on important academic qualifications, functional skills, life skills, vocational skills and employability. The curriculum is designed to ensure that learners are equipped for the next stage in their lives.  Staff at the Link School are highly dedicated, professional and determined to help the young people who attend the provision.

Our curriculum is divided into three distinct categories which motivates and supports young people towards their learning and employment goals. These are academic achievement; preparing for working life and becoming active and responsible citizens.

Academic achievement

GCSE English
English literature
Combined Science
Functional Skills (Level 1 and 2) English, Maths and ICT
VCERT Food and Cookery
Health and Fitness
NCFE (Level 1) Maths Working with probability
Maths: Working with statistics
Maths: Working with 2D shapes and spaceCreative Craft in Art and Design

Preparing for working life

NCFE (Level 1 and Level 2) Occupational studies for the Workplace
Award for CV writing
Award in Employability skills
FAA (Level 2) Emergency first aid at work
Careers Work Discovery Week
National Careers Week
High quality careers education, information and guidance
ESH Group – Building my skillsCollege Visits
Careers guidance interviews
Weekly Department for Work and Pension sessions.Attendance at school careers fairs
Opportunities for work placements with a range of different providers.Promotion of STEM across the curriculum

Becoming active and responsible citizens

NCFE (Level 1) Award in alcohol awareness
Award in sexual health awareness
Award in personal safety
Award in substance misuse awareness.
Enrichment Charity events
Mountain biking


Alternative Pathways to GCSE

We offer a range of pathways to GCSE to meet the specific learning needs of our students but to enable them all to be highly employable. This includes our children and young people having access to work placements, we currently work with:

  • North East Resources – construction, joinery, painting and decorating.
  • Evolve Soccer Academy – functional skills in English and maths, biology, BTEC Sports diploma.
  • PETAL – Fork Lift Truck courses and CSC Cards.
  • Bella Marie Training Academy – Hair and Beauty Qualifications, Level 1 plus.


Daily Tutorial 

Students have a daily tutor time covering PSCHE topics and preparation for the next stages in their learning journey.


1 to 1 Programme

For those children and young people who are significantly ‘hard to reach’ and are unable to access the curriculum offer in school, these learners are offered one to one tuition where they are offered access to English, Maths and a PSHE curriculum. The aim is to re-engage them in learning and return full time to into school.

You can read our full KS4 PSHE Programme of Study by downloading the PDF below:

  KS4 PSHE Programme of Study.PDF

You can read our full KS4 English Programme of Study by downloading the PDF below:

  KS4 English Programme of Study.PDF

You can read our full KS4 Science Physics Programme of Study by downloading the PDF below:

  KS4 Physics Programme of Study.PDF

You can read our full Science Biology Programme of Study by downloading the PDF below:

  KS4 Biology Programme of Study.PDF

You can read our full KS4 Science Chemistry Programme of Study by downloading the PDF below:

  KS4 Chemistry Programme of Study.PDF





Link School Springwell Dene
Swindon Road, Springwell, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear  SR3 4EE

Tel: 0191 561 5777
Email: caroline.granton@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Link School Pallion
Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA

Tel: 0191 561 4777
Email: anita.blakeman@schools.sunderland.gov.uk