Curriculum Choices
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Overview

The aim of our curriculum is to help out pupils become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. This will support the other activities, experience and opportunities, provided by you as parents and us as a school, that your child has to help them to develop to their full potential in all aspects of their life.

The key features of our curriculum is that is it broad and balanced. The choices that we have available cater for the needs and interests of the individuals. We want pupils to engage with their learning because they have an interest in the subjects, or want to develop a particular talent or skill. When picking curriculum choices, we want pupils to have plenty of choice, providing a breadth in the subject areas available, enabling us to prepare them for the world of
employment, further/higher education and their futures.

An overview of the curriculum choices process, choices available and all other information can be found in the handbook below.

 
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GCSEs and Vocational Qualifications
 

GCSEs are focussed on academic study followed by a final assessment. They are graded 9-1. These are traditional qualifications that help you to study a topic in depth.

Vocational Qualifications are usually skills based, with practical elements and are often industry related. These usually have a higher proportion of coursework rather than formal examinations. They are graded Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction *.

Additional Academic Qualifications are choices for pupils who really enjoy and excel at certain subjects and want to study them in more detail. These can often bridge the gap between GCSE and A-Level.

 

Core Curriculum
 

  • English (Language and Literature)

  • History or GCSE Geography

  • Maths

  • Personal Development Lessons

  • Physical Education

  • Religious Education

  • Science (Two or 3)

GCSE Choices

  • Art 

  • Business Studies

  • Computer Science

  • Dance

  • French

  • Food and Nutrition

  • Geography

  • History

  • Product Design

  • Spanish

Additional Academic Qualifications

  • Further Maths

  • Further Science

Vocational Qualifications

  • Child Development

  • Creative i-Media

  • Drama/Performing Arts

  • Enterprise and Marketing

  • Health and Social Care

  • I.T.

  • Music

  • PE/Sport

How to Choose

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  • Choose subjects that you like and are good at.

  • Choose because you have chosen it rather than your friend.

  • Choose because you like the subject, not the teacher.

  • Choose because you think you will enjoy it.

  • Choose based on your intended pathway after school (if you know it)

  • Choose based on your preferences. Coursework or exams? What are you comfortable with?

  • It’s your choice!
     

You will pick 3 curriculum choices.
Choice A  will be a humanities subject – GCSE History or GCSE Geography.
Choices B and C will be free choice from the remaining subjects.
You will also have to pick a reserve choice.

Curriculum Structure
Support and Key Dates
 

To support students and parents in making these important decisions, there are a series of activities and opportunities:

  • A series of assemblies for students, starting in the week beginning 24th January 2022.

  • Personal Development lessons in January to March with a focus on curriculum choices and opportunities to ask questions.

  • Opportunities for an appointment with the Careers Personal Advisor.

  • Parents and students can see the subject presentations available on the school website and discuss the choices available.

  • Students can discuss the subjects on offer with their current teachers and ask for further advice.

  • Progress reports will go out on 4th March 2022 followed by Parents’ Consultation Evening on 10th March 2022.

  • Parents and students will get an opportunity to discuss their choices with a member of staff.

  • The deadline for returning your Curriculum Choices Form is 18th March 2022.

Help and Advice

If you need any more help:

  • Read the Curriculum Choices Handbook.

  • Speak to your subject teachers.

  • Speak to Mr Rastrick (Head of Careers).

  • Speak to Mr Eccles (Curriculum)

  • Speak to Miss Parker (Head of Year)

  • Speak to Julie Tindall (Careers Advisor) – available on Wednesdays.