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Year 8 Options and Key Stage 4

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Key Stage 4 is an important time in your child’s life. It is when they will make important choices which will shape their future. Our curriculum is designed to ensure that all students can succeed whatever their abilities and strengths.

During GCSE courses students will remain their current J and L bands studying core subjects within these bands.  Subjects in the EBAC or Free option blocks may be studied within bands or within mixed groups according to aptitude in the subject and timetable constraints.

At the end of Year 8 students will be provided with option choices which mean each individual can follow a programme of study which will allow them to progress to further/higher education or employment.  Options choices offered to students will be based on their Key Stage 2 attainment along with their progress during Key Stage 3. You can be assured that the Academy will place your child on the most appropriate pathway for them to succeed.

All pathways offer the opportunity to follow a core curriculum, alongside optional subjects in which students have an ability, talent or interest. As an Academy we expect students will study at least one humanity subject in these option choices. It is Academy policy that selected students will be expected to study French alongside their options and this will be discussed with your child during French lessons.

We would like you to discuss optional subjects with your child as it is important they make informed choices as it may be difficult to make changes once all students have chosen due to set sizes and timetable restrictions. To support this process staff have placed short videos on Sharepoint giving descriptions of the subject and assessments involved.

Good reasons for making option choices are:

  • Because students enjoy a subject,
  • Because students are good at it or
  • Because it will support their future career choice.

It is also recommended that the options chosen provide a balanced range of subjects in order to provide choice in future study. It is important that a subject is not chosen because a child likes their current teacher as they may be with a different teacher next year. Choosing a subject to follow friends is also a bad idea as they may be in a different class.

In addition to the subjects above all students will follow a Personal Development Programme for 1 period per week. This programme is designed to support students by covering the topics of Work Related Learning, Careers, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), Enterprise, Personal Finance and Citizenship.

Subjects shown in purple are the core curriculum and will be studied by all students. These are the subjects that are essential for students when entering further/higher education or employment later in their lives.

The chart below shows subjects that may be studied during Key Stage 4       

English

5

periods

Maths

4

periods

Science

4

periods

PE

1

period

PDP

1

period

EBAC Block

2

 periods

Free Options

2

periods each subject

         

History

RE

(GCSE)

History

(EBAC GCSE)

Drama

(GCSE)

Geography

Art

(GCSE)

Sport

(BTEC)

Childcare

(BTEC)

Separate Science

French

(GCSE)

Psychology

(GCSE)

Sociology (GCSE)

Computer Science

Technology (GCSE)

Enterprise

(BTEC)

Food

(GCSE)

French

ICT

(Level 2)

Separate Science

(EBAC GCSE)

Geography

(EBAC GCSE)

 

Music

(GCSE)

Media

(GCSE)

Travel & Tourism (BTEC)

On the options’ form, which will be provided just prior to the planned parental consultation on 29th April 2021 students should indicate their choice against a subject. We will endeavour to ensure that students get their first choice, but this is not always possible as some subjects have limited places.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding option choices or pathways available please do not hesitate to contact us through ks4options@josephleckieacademy.co.uk and we will ensure that you will be contacted.