We operate a three year Key Stage 4, whereby students choose their GCSE subjects in Year 8 via the Options process. We are confident this model increases the chances of long-term success for our students and the school. Although we are already in the top 5% of schools nationally, we are ambitious to be even greater and to ensure we consistently stay at the top of all the local education providers. With GCSE exams now including more content and being tested by end of course exams rather than coursework, achieving the highest grades has become more difficult. By giving students three years to complete their studies instead of two, we will give them the best possible preparation to do well. It will also give us the flexibility to complete some courses in Year 10, allowing students to use some of their Year 11 curriculum time to specialise, support other subjects in which they are struggling or prepare for their next steps.
Further details regarding the Options process for 2019/20 can be found below...
- Pathway A Options Booklet (263.86 KB)
- Pathway A Options Presentation (5.33 MB)
- Pathway B Options Booklet (264.16 KB)
- Pathway B Option Presentation (663.24 KB)
Once your child has made their Option choices, please support them in completing the relevant form below by Tuesday 11th February:
|Monday 13th January||Options Evening for Year 9 students, where they will find out information from teachers about the various subjects on offer|
|Wednesday 22nd January||Subject taster sessions will take place|
|Monday 27th January||Parents' Evening for Year 8 students|
|Tuesday 11th February||Deadline for all final Option forms to be submitted online|
|Friday 14th February||Option blocks will be constructed in the school timetable|
|W/C Monday 9th March||Confirmation of final option choices sent home; at this point students who are unhappy with their options will have a chance to re-select from the option blocks which have been created|
|W/C Monday 23rd March||All option choices will be finalised and confirmed with parents and carers|
If you have any questions about the Options process, please contact Mr North at the school.