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

Preparing for working life

Becoming active and responsible citizens

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 +

Daily Tutorial 

Students have a daily tutor time covering PSHE 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 into school.

KS3/KS4 Websites

Flashcard apps and Quizlet

Save paper and the pain of trying to decipher your handwriting with a flashcard app. Look for a version like Flashcards+ (iOS), which lets you create your own cards or import existing sets through Quizlet, a brilliant community site for students to share study notes.

BBC Bitesize

This breaks down subjects into handy smaller chunks (there’s a clue in the name here..) and lets you revise topics, watch video summaries, complete activities and test yourself as you go. The site covers subjects from Key Stage One to GCSE. 

Revision planning apps

A big part of revision is getting organised and keeping track of your study. The Revision Ace app lets you make a revision plan, record your time spent on each subject and track your progress as you go. Alternatively, you can create a colourful PDF timetable with the help of getrevising.co.uk, which will even suggest a schedule for you to follow.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a not-for-profit learning tool that aims to provide a world-class education to anyone with Internet access. The site includes video tutorials and tests in Maths, Science, Economics, Computer Programming and History. The site keeps track of your progress and gives you awards for achievement. This is a great tool for getting to grips with the basics or taking on advanced study for extra credit.

Spark Notes

Explore English Literature texts, watch video summaries and study a host of other subjects with popular study notes site Spark Notes. Try out No Fear Shakespeare, which puts the original text side by side with a modern translation to help you pick up the story and translate new words as you go.


Revise GCSE and A-level subjects, test yourself, make a revision timetable for free and download apps from this comprehensive revision website.

BBC Brain Smart

Need a quick study break? Why not stay productive and wake up your brain by playing a game from BBC Brain Smart. There are fun games to help you boost your memory, remember chains of numbers, get motivated and manage stress.

Other Online Resources Available 

For more online resources click here 

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

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

  KS4 Maths 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