This section of the website is aimed at providing your daughter with information and advice to help support her in making her choices for her Key Stage 4 programme of study. At Key Stage 4, your daughter will follow a broad and balanced core curriculum that, even without any option choices, offers many opportunities for further progression beyond sixteen. The core curriculum consists of the following subjects:
Although your daughter must take all of these subjects, she will have the opportunity to access different courses in science. Your daughter’s subject teachers will guide her in making the most appropriate choice in this subject area.
Additionally, your daughter can choose a maximum of four courses, including a language and a humanity, that she will study alongside the core curriculum. We offer courses that cater for all abilities and your daughter also has the option to mix and match qualifications to ensure that she not only has the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and understanding in her chosen subjects, but also to enable her to develop the skills that will be essential later in life.
In order for students to achieve the English Baccalaureate measure, they must follow the pathway enabling them to gain qualifications in English, mathematics, double science (trilogy or two from biology, chemistry, physics or computing), geography or history and a foreign language at the end of their GCSE studies. The pathway 1 is available to your daughter at Key Stage 4 and it will provide her with the opportunity to meet the requirements of the English Baccalaureate. Some students have been identified as those who will benefit from taking the pathway 2, and additional guidance will be provided for them.
To support your daughter with her decisions, each curriculum area has provided information on the courses being offered and this should be considered carefully. It is important that, when choosing appropriate pathways and courses, your daughter considers her strengths, her areas of interest and her career aspirations. It is also important, when considering her options, that your daughter’s choices at Key Stage 4 allow progression to post 16. Whilst, she should try to keep her options open as she may wish to pursue various careers in the future, the KS4 curriculum, both core and optional subjects, provide a solid platform for progression into a diverse range of areas at post 16.
It is important to note that, although we are offering a wide range of courses across the two pathways and we will endeavour to provide your daughter with her first choices, courses need to be viable (a minimum of 15 students) for them to run and hence we ask your daughter to make sensible reserve choices.
If you do require any further information, then please do not hesitate to contact me.
The deadline for completion of the Options Form is Tuesday 2nd March.
Assistant Headteacher (Curriculum and Assessment)