Choices

As a school we are responding to government guidance that it is essential for schools to strive for high standards stating ‘it can be of more benefit for pupils to strive for good grades in fewer subjects with a strong emphasis on doing well in English and mathematics, than to take more subjects but achieve lower grades overall.’ 

In Year 8, pupils choose two subjects to study in depth in Year 9.  This is a deliberate action to engage pupils and enable pupils to really enjoy their subject and learn the depth of their subject over a three-year course.  The curriculum model allows pupils to choose two subjects in addition to the core maths, English, science, geography or history, Spanish or French and PE.  These courses are not externally examined but lay the foundations for KS4. The year is purposely designed to be a gateway for pupils into Key Stage 4. Year 9 is our transition from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4. The focus here is on developing the skills and creating enthusiasm needed for examination study in Year 10 and Year 11.

Our curriculum pathway ensures all pupils have the most valuable set of qualifications to access the highest level of post-16 education and training possible in a competitive future economy.

All pupils who leave school are now judged on their success under the following GCSE measures as they progress on to sixth form education, college, apprenticeship or training:

  • Progress 8 – progress in their best 8 GCSEs (must include 5 from English/maths/science/history or geography/modern foreign languages)
  • Attainment 8 – best 8 GCSE pass grades (as above)
  • English & maths GCSE pass grade
  • The EBacc – 5 GCSE pass grades (English, maths, science or computer science, history or geography and modern foreign language)

The core subjects studied by pupils in Year 9 cover the government requirements fully, these are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science (common Year 9 course leading to combined science or triple science in Year 10)
  • PE
  • Geography or History
  • French or Spanish

Pupils may make TWO choices in the ‘open choice’ subject area:

  • Art & Design (Fine Art)
  • Art & Design (Textiles Art)
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Design & Technology
  • Graphic Design
  • Hospitality & Catering
  • ICT Creative iMedia
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Studies
  • Sport Studies

*the list above are those subjects offered to pupils is subject to change due to student choice or timetable constraints

Here is our Choices booklet detailing all the subject areas and courses included in the open choice, as well as Choices form for filling out your options.

Pupils should consider their interests and aptitudes and we may guide some pupils towards what we consider the most appropriate choice for them.  We anticipate that most of our pupils will be happy to make their choice based on the detailed information booklet they will receive and conversations with their current subject teachers.