Year 10 and 11

In Years 10 and 11, the school has a core of subjects studied by all pupils. This provides for the requirements of the National Curriculum and allows choice and flexibility within the option system. All pupils are given the opportunity to follow programmes of study in:

  • English Language and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Welsh
  • Religious Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Personal and Social Education, including Careers Guidance
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification?

All pupils will follow a Core Science course and then will be given the opportunity to choose from either an additional science course or the three separate sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).Pupils also select from a wide range of optional subjects to match their interests and ensure balance in their studies

The choice provided by the school exceeds the national requirements for 14 to 19 year olds and is praised by ESTYN. All pupils take part in a period of work experience in Year 10 and a one-week residential outdoor pursuits experience is available to all pupils. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is available to all pupils in Years 9 to 11

All students will, as a matter of course, receive individual guidance on option choices from a senior member of staff and the careers adviser. Once you have made your choices, you will submit them on the form that is provided.

At this point it must be emphasised that, while every attempt will be made to meet requests to study particular subjects, consideration must be given to:

  • The ability of a student to pursue the subject successfully
  • The viability of the courses requested.

After Year 11

All students receive independent careers guidance and work experience as part of the school’s programme of study during years 10 and 11. Additionally, the school works closely with staff from Further and Higher Education Institutions in the locality and an adviser from Careers Wales West to provide individual guidance.


Regular attendance in school is vital if you are to be successful in your chosen courses. This is particularly the case in Years 10 and 11 because of the demands of all subjects. Success depends upon both examination performance and completion of other tasks during the course.

How Your Subjects Might Work Together

Alongside your school GCSE subjects you should also think about the other things that you enjoy doing, that will help you to get the career you want and make the most of your life.


Headteacher: Mr. Martin Grimes

Bertha Road, Port Talbot,
SA13 2AN

01639 760110 (Upper)
01639 760112 (Lower)
01639 760111 (Fax)