It is my pleasure to welcome all our students and parents to Key Stage 4 ( or as we know it FLAME!) This key stage is made up of Year 10 and Year 11 where students are working towards their IGCSEs (International General Certificate of Secondary Education). Students follow the core subjects of Mathematics, English Language and Literature, Arabic, Physics, PE (not examined) and Global Perspectives in order to give our students a well rounded base. Our students also get to select five other subjects of their own choice to provide the breadth and depth that our students need to compete in the future.

Not only is it a time to start thinking about the future and what a student’s subject choices may mean for further study, but it is also a time where the students themselves encounter many changes, be it emotionally or socially. Key Stage 4 is a vital time in a young person’s life- academic requirements and social situations can sometimes feel intense and it is vital that all students feel supported; this support comes in the form of various people, their form tutors, their teachers and myself.

This forms the perfect base for when students come to move into Key Stage 5 (Year 12 and 13 for those who may be going to international universities)

I have over ten years’ experience working with teenagers at this key stage; however, the students here always continue to surprise me with their insight, ideas and humour. I feel proud to be working with these wonderful young people.

If you have any questions then please contact me and I look forward to meeting you in the future.

David Kinsella BSc

Head of Key Stage 4 / 5