During the GCSE options process, students are provided with an options booklet and an options form.
The options booklet provides information for each subject which runs at KS4, detailing the course content, the skills gained and what assessment methods are used.
This year we are trying a new process of students choosing their options. In previous years, students were provided with four option blocks and asked to choose one subject from each.
This year, students will be provided with two blocks. They must choose one subject from the first block and list five subjects in order of preference from the second block.
Please note, students can choose a maximum of one red subject in the second block (please see options form below). This enables an even wider choice of subjects to select from.
Y8 Options Process - 2019/20
|Assembly – Wednesday 16th January|
|Careers workshops during Social Studies lesson – to run between 14th and 25th January|
|Wednesday 23rd January : Options Fayre (option forms given to students)|
|5pm and 5.30pm : Main Hall Presentation (parents to opt which they attend and indicate on reply slip)|
|After Presentation : Sports Hall: Subject Stalls|
|28th January to 1st February : Parent Careers Advice Week|
|Students to return completed form to Tutor or place in post box on reception by Wednesday 6th February|
|w/c 11th February – Students have individual interviews with SLT|
|Options finalised by Friday 15th March 2019|
Click the link below to view the documentation.
Once options are finalised, students will study a total of four option subjects in Year 9 (one subject from block 1 and three subjects from their selected choices in block 2).
Students are asked to research the subjects they are interested in using the options booklet and choose subjects they feel they enjoy and would best succeed in. Completed forms are then handed in to and processed by the Timetable Manager.
Some subjects have dual qualifications – for example, GCSE Music and RSL Music. Subject leaders will determine which qualification is right for each individual student based on their current attainment and effort levels.
Once all forms are received and the choices collated, students are involved in a one to one interview with Mrs O’Brien or Mr Conlin to discuss their choices in full. This is a short interview in which Mrs O’Brien or Mr Conlin will look at each student’s current attainment grades, ask why each subject was chosen and if they have an idea of what career they would like to pursue in the future.
If at this point a student has opted to take a subject Mrs O’Brien or Mr Conlin feels would put them at a disadvantage, this will be discussed at length and alternative choices that are more suitable will be provided.
At the end of the interview, each student will be advised their options are confirmed and they will receive a letter in due course detailing their choices.