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Y8 Options Evening

On the 7th February 2019, Year 8 students will have their joint Options/Parents’ Evening. This is an invaluable evening where parents and students can find out key information in regards to upcoming options choices for GCSE.

During the course of the evening, there will be 3 15 minute presentations on options pathways for parents;  all parents should attend and manage their appointments around one of these times.

The presentation times are:

4:15

5:15

6:15

Parents only need to attend one of the presentations as they are identical in nature.

Y8 Options Evening

KS4 Pathways

Students are given some choices about the subjects that they study. These choices can be difficult to make and in order to support students, they will be guided into one of three different routes before they make their choices.

The initial decision about the allocation of a student to a particular route will be made using information about their achievement and progress during Key Stage 3. Key members of staff will advise on these decisions before students are informed. If students and their parents/carers are unsure about the allocation to a particular route, they should contact Ms Caswell or Mr Hackshaw to arrange a meeting. We firmly believe that individual students do better with different styles of curriculum. In particular, some students will do better with vocational courses in their curriculum. These courses have certain advantages:

• Flexibility in the timing and style of assessment

• Clear relevance to the real world outside school

• Emphasis on practical skills and useful knowledge

The three routes are summarised below:

EBACC

Students who follow this route will study the core curriculum plus a choice of FOUR options. One of these MUST be a Language option, and one MUST be a Humanities subject, either Geography or History.

This Pathway will give students a broad academic education. It is designed for those students who thrive on the challenge of following a wide range of GCSE subjects and who can be successful through the traditional academic route. Students can achieve the equivalent of 9 – 10 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 – 1 by the end of Year 11. Progression from this route Post 16 is to either academic or vocational Advanced Level courses at school or at college.

CORE

Students who follow this pathway will follow the core curriculum, plus a choice of FOUR option subjects. Students MUST choose one language OR humanities subject.

This pathway will give students the option of taking a range of GCSEs subjects or a combination of GCSE and vocational qualifications. Students can achieve 8-10 GCSE (or equivalent)  qualifications at grades 9 – 1 by the end of Year 11. Progression from this route Post 16 is to either academic or vocational Advanced Level courses at school or at college.

FOUNDATION

Students who follow this pathway will follow the core curriculum plus a choice of up to THREE option subjects. Students can achieve up to 8 GCSE (or equivalent) qualifications at grades 9 – 1 by

the end of Year 11. Post 16 progression from this route is into further education at school or college to gain higher level qualifications, or into further training.

Making an informed choice of subjects is very important. Students are strongly encouraged to talk to subject teachers, family and friends as well as students presently in years 10 and 11 about their choices.

KS4 Pathways

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