You can fin the Curriculum Guide for Year 9 options here.
During March of Year 9, students will be required to choose their option subjects for GCSE. We want to give our students opportunities to succeed in line with their academic targets, prior attainment and progress, and future aspirations. As such, we make guide students in their options by considering:
- Attainment grades and target grades
- Attitude towards learning
- Context within departmental areas – for example, those who play a musical instrument outside of school
The vast majority of students continue to study a language (either Mandarin or Spanish). This, alongside a humanity (History or Geography), will make students eligible for the English Baccalaureate. There is a Department for Education booklet for parents about the Ebacc here. This year we are introducing Computer Science which is also an Ebacc subject. However, it counts as a science so it cannot replace a language or a humanity.
All students study Religion and Philosophy as one of their "options". We are a Church of England School and this is crucial to our curriculum offer. More details about the statement of entitlement for Church of England Schools can be found here.
There will be a virtual meeting for students and parents on Tuesday March 16th with opportunities to ask questions. Following this, parents can contact teachers for support or more information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students can then choose from the list one other option subject. Subjects with * next to them have a non-examined assessment element (NEA or coursework). NEAs are very demanding and therefore we only allow students to take one of these subjects.
To help with the decisions, our staff have made short videos for families to watch. You can click on the links to find the videos.