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Guidance for Students

DO:

  • Read the Option Booklet carefully. It is full of useful information to help guide your decisions. 
  • Visit department areas throughout the Option Evening to discuss with teachers to find out more information about each course. 
  • Spend some time discussing your choices with your parents.
  • Choose subjects that you are interested in.
  • Think about your strengths and skills and the subjects that you are currently performing well in. 
  • Select a broad choice of subjects – don’t choose subjects that are all very similar. A broad and balanced curriculum will provide you with the best opportunities at the next stage of your education or in employment.
  • Ask for advice if you need it – talk to your form tutor, Head of Year, subject teachers or SLT. 
  • Consider what you may wish to study after your GCSEs – if you want to study A Levels then these usually require that a GCSE or equivalent qualification has already been studied.

DON'T:

  • Pick subjects just because your friends are choosing them – there is no guarantee that you would end up in the same class. 
  • Pick subjects because you like the teachers – or equally because you don’t like your current teacher. You do not know who your teacher will be in KS4. 

Once you have made your decision you need to complete the option form and return it to your form tutor. 

Remember you must select four choices (one of which is either History or Geography and no more than two vocational courses). 

RESERVE CHOICES 

When designing the timetable some combinations are difficult or impossible to meet, and some subjects may not attract enough interests for them to run. It is therefore essential that you indicate a reserve choice. 

Please note, only option classes with viable student numbers will be able to run. 

Once your form is handed in we will work to produce a timetable that matches every student's choices. This may not always be possible and so we ask that students also make a reserve choice. We cannot guarantee all students will be given their first choice subjects. Any students who are not given their first choice subjects will be spoken with by a member of the Senior Leadership Team.