As pupils start KS4, the options process aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum. We allow our pupils to choose their options from a wide range of creative, vocational and academic subjects in Year 9, allowing them to personalise their learning and choose subjects which engage and enthuse them. The subject combinations offered to pupils will be kept as broad as possible and amended each year to maximise personal pupil choices each year as required. All pupils in Year 9 will undertake a 6 week enrichment programme to partake in a new skill during the summer term. During Year 10 pupils will undertake drop down sessions to promote resilience, understanding finance, cultural awareness, the environment, the legal system and presentation skills to broaden and develop their existing knowledge in these important life skills areas.
The choices for each pupil will reflect the needs of the individual learner through different pathways;
- Green pathway – staggered options during Years 9 to 11 with the completion of one GCSE at the end of Year 10, to allow pupils to complete a second option subject to maintain breadth/diversity without compromising curriculum time and hence potentially the progress of other qualifications.
- Purple pathway – staggered options during Years 9 to 11 with the completion of two GCSEs at the end of Year 10, to allow pupils to complete an ICT qualification to enhance their skills in the current ICT based climate, as highlighted by parents from parent voice feedback as a priority.
- Blue/Yellow pathway – includes an option focussing on increased life skills to enhance the needs of our most vulnerable pupils, to ensure they are supported as required. Level 1 courses used as stepping stones to Level 2 qualifications as appropriate.
The benefit of this curriculum model is that it enables pupils to focus on fewer subjects at a time, developing resilience and ambition, as well as supporting mental well-being by allowing them to manage workload and exam pressure. This aims to enable pupils to maximise their potential and allow them to partake in other non-academic based activities to provide balance to their lifestyle and broaden their outside interests and skills. Pupils can access additional support where needed which is not available at home, and over the five years they can study a wide range of subjects, keeping their future career options open and supporting them into further employment, education or training.