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Years 7 and 8 at St James Academy centre around our special Literacy for Life programme (L4L), which teaches core skills in English, Mathematics and Science that will be useful throughout school and throughout life. L4L uses collaborative learning and topics such as Volcanoes, Water, and Stories to bring out children's enthusiasm for learning.

At the end of Year 8,  learners choose the subjects they want to follow in Key Stage 4, which begins at the start of Year 9.

All learners continue with the core subjects of GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature, GCSE Mathematics, GCSE Combined Science (which is worth two GCSEs).  All learners also chose a Humanities option, either GCSE History or GCSE Geography. 

There is also an opportunity that certain learners may be able to opt for stand-alone GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and also GCSE Computer Science.

Prior to learners making their option subject choices they are given key information about all of the subjects available to them through a series of assemblies, when subject specialists and parents are invited in to an Information Evening where key information about the pathways process is given by member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team.

Sometimes, learners require additional guidance to help them make appropriate choices.  If this is the case then individual one to one meetings can be set up for parents and pupils.