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During the GCSE options process, students are provided with an options booklet and an options form.

The options booklet provides information for each subject delivered at Key Stage 4, detailing the course content, the skills gained, and what assessment methods are used.

This year the options process has changed. 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 a list of seven different faculties, from which they need to choose two. Within the faculties are different subjects; students will experience lessons in each of these subjects during Year 9. For example, the Art faculty consists of Fine Art, Photography and Art, Craft & Design. If a student opts for the Art faculty, they will rotate around these three subjects throughout Year 9. These are classed as foundation subjects.

At the end of Year 9, students are asked to choose one subject from each of their chosen two faculties to study throughout Y10 and Y11. These are called specialised choices – they are the subjects they feel they enjoyed the most and would best succeed in.

All students will then be asked to choose either Geography or History along with a language (French, German or Spanish).
Some students may not study a language – they will choose another subject from the subjects covered during Y9. This will be based on the student’s ability and at the discretion of SLT.
Students will then be invited to a one to one interview with a member of SLT to discuss their subject choices. During this short interview, SLT will look at each student’s current attainment grades, ask why each subject was chosen and discuss career pathways the student would like to pursue in the future.
If at this point a student has opted to take a subject SLT 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. Parents will receive a letter in due course detailing the choices made.

Y8 Options Process - 2019/20

Assembly – Thursday 16th January
Careers workshops during Social Studies lessons to run between 22nd January and 11th February 2020.
Options Fayre will be held on Wednesday 5th February 2020
5pm, 5.30pm and 6pm  : Main Hall Presentation (parents to opt which they attend and indicate on reply slip)
After Presentation : Sports Hall:  Subject Stalls
10th February to 14th February 2020 : Parent Careers Advice Week
Students to return completed form to Tutor or place in post box on reception by Wednesday 26th February
w/c 9th March – Students have individual interviews with SLT
Options finalised by Friday 27th March 2020

Click the link below to view the documentation.

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