KEY STAGE 4 GCSE options

FOR STUDENTS ENTERING YEAR 9 IN SEPTEMBER 2019

Welcome to Year 8 Options


It gives me great pleasure to present you with our Year 8 course information. Choosing options is an important and exciting time for students. Students at Warden Park Academy are in the privileged position of being able to personalise their curriculum earlier than many schools as they undertake a three year Key Stage 4. This will allow deeper knowledge and skills development within their chosen subjects and help students to work towards the best possible outcomes. Students currently in the 3 year Key Stage 4 report they feel more supported and have built stronger relationships with their teachers. During the next few weeks you will be asked to express preferences, in consultation with staff, for the qualifications students will study throughout Years 9, 10 and 11.

Your child will be given the opportunity to choose a personalised pathway of learning which best suits their strengths and interests and will provide them with the best opportunity to succeed academically and progress to further education or training until they are 18. Students will continue to study a core curriculum as well as their chosen options.

The core curriculum includes; English; mathematics; science; learning about life and physical education. Students then make their option choices. We will work extremely hard to offer students their preferred choices, however in some cases, this may not be possible and we will consult with you and your child regarding alternatives. This is explained in more detail later. Should you wish your child to study the EBacc suite of subjects then the way in which you express your choices is important. For more information on the English Baccalaureate please click here. The full details of the curriculum and advice on how to make the right choice can be accessed via the curriculum pages.

Students should choose the courses in which they are interested in and will enjoy studying for three years. Naturally, as parents, you will want to make the best choices and to have access to quality advice and guidance. This website supports the process by providing a short description of the courses we offer and complements the Reporting Evening (Thursday 17th January) and Options Evening (Thursday 7th February). At the Options Evening you will have the opportunity to; attend a presentation explaining the options process, access additional information from Curriculum Leaders and subject teachers to discuss course suitability. We are also running a series of events and activities in order to support students throughout this process in school. The details of these events is set out in the student support section of this website.

Using the form issued at Options Evening you will indicate your child's subject preferences in order of priority. It will also be possible to download a form after Options Evening.

It is my aim to ensure students and parents feel supported throughout this time and help students make the right choices to enable them to feel happy, engaged and inspired by their learning. I wish students every success in choosing their options and hope they are excited by what they have chosen. If at any time you wish to discuss your child's choices please do not hesitate to contact me: kfitzgerald@wardenpark.co.uk

Ms Kristy Fitzgerald

Assistant Headteacher - Director of Curriculum