All Year 9 students will be choosing which courses they wish to continue with in Years 10 and 11 this year. There will be three choices that need to be made. Alongside option choices all pupils will also take the following GCSE full courses in Maths, English – language and literature, Welsh, Double Science (triple if chosen as an option) and the Skills Challenge Certificate. Plus, all pupils do compulsory lessons in Games and RE.
As a part of the first stage in the process we will be asking all Year 9 pupils to complete an initial survey to help us build a picture of the final choices they are likely to make.
These will give us an idea of how many classes we will need for each subject and how best to set out the final option form to ensure as many students as possible can do the combinations of courses they wish to do.
The actual options form will go out to pupils and parents in March around the time of the Year 9 report.
The survey list contains all the courses we could possible offer and although the vast majority will then appear on the final options form if a subject has too low a take up of potential students it may not be possible to run.
It may be some students will want to change one or more of their choices on the actual options for in March. This is fine, but there can be a risk that these may clash with other choices or there may be occasions where a course is already ‘full’ and in that case preference will go to students who had initially shown an interest. Although these cases are rare.
In the summer term there will still be students fine tuning their choices ready for September of Year 10. When the next school year does commence it is not only difficult, but also not generally advisable to change option subjects, so getting things right before the end of Year 9 is important.
This year will pose particular challenges in completing this process, as I am sure that you understand, and we have set up an Office 360 Form in the transition section of the school website to enter initial choices for the survey. This will also be emailed to all pupils in the year group via the hwb email account.
We would like all forms to be submitted before the end of November so we can plan the actual form and the staffing we’ll need.
I look forward to us working together to support all students in the best way that we can over the next few years.
Mr A. Bevan