Dear Parents and Carers
This is an important time for all Year 9 students, as they will shortly be asked to make decisions over their Key Stage 4 option choices. These decisions can have a real impact on their future.
To support this process, we have put in place a range of measures including careers guidance work within PSHCE during remote learning lessons, an online link to subject details and information about the process which we hope you find useful and informative.
Each year we develop our options system to offer the most relevant subjects to suit the abilities and interests of the particular year group. National changes to qualifications are also reflected in our offer but primarily we are focussed on giving our students the opportunity to gain qualifications and skills that will maximise their future prospects.
Currently there is a national emphasis on a core range of subjects, known collectively as the English Baccalaureate. This is not an examination in its own right but is a ‘wrapper’ that students gain if they pass all the EBacc subjects below at 5 or above. The Government believe that it will be increasingly important for as many students as possible to achieve these qualifications as they provide a strong academic profile for university and employment. We recommend that students opt for subjects which are challenging, achievable and enjoyable to give a broad and balanced curriculum.
Students wishing to gain places at Russell Group Universities should be mindful that ‘facilitating subjects’ favoured by those Universities correspond to the EBacc subjects in KS4.
To achieve the EBacc students must achieve at least a 5 in each of the following:
The English Baccalaureate is of course not appropriate for some students and we would strongly encourage students to opt for subjects based on:
We will do everything we can to support students and parents so that appropriate choices are made.