In Years 9, 10 and 11 students can follow up to eleven examination courses, although the majority study ten. All students take GCSEs in English Language, English Literature and Mathematics. Students either take Combined Science (which counts as two GCSEs) or Triple Science (which counts as three GCSEs). Currently on the Shakespeare Campus, all students have the opportunity of gaining a GCSE-equivalent qualification in Information Technology. Core ICT at KS4 is being phased in on the Cherbourg Campus.
In addition, the majority of students opt to study four GCSEs from the following: Geography, History, French, Italian, Spanish, Art & Design, Dance, Drama, Music, Design & Technology: Resistant Materials, Design & Technology: Textiles, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Engineering, Physical Education, Business Studies, Economics and Information Technology.
Where a full set of GCSEs is not appropriate for a particular student, individual programmes are developed which can include courses at local colleges, work experience or extra support from the Individual Learning Needs department.
The high standard of learning which takes place at Crestwood is reflected in our excellent examination results and the very high percentage of leavers who go on to further education, employment or training.