The GCSE Options Process
You will need to think very carefully about the choices that you would like to make at Key Stage 4 and it’s important that you appreciate the size of the commitment you are making. As you may be aware, all young people are now required to continue in education or training until their eighteenth birthday. The subjects that you choose now will influence any potential A Level, college courses, and apprenticeships, and will form the foundation of your continuing education leading to university, training, or employment.
On the 1st March we will be launching our Option Process and all families will be given access to an Options SharePoint Page which will include lots of useful information when you are choosing your option.
We are here to help you throughout the process – please talk to your tutor, Head of Year, subject teachers, or myself if you are unsure about your option choices.
Mrs Farrow, Assistant Headteacher of Curriculum.
Choosing the subjects, you wish to take for GCSE can be a difficult one. We aim to support our students through this process by working with them, on the 1st March all Year 8 students will be off timetable and focusing on their option choices. The plan for the day is:
The format of the day will be as follows:
· 18.00-19.00 Careers Advice Q & A: This will be a bookable event with Sarah Pawlewski our careers advisor. Parents and students can ask questions to the career’s advisor.
The Government believes that schools should offer students a broad range of academic subjects to the age of 16, and the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) promotes that aspiration. The Ebacc is not a qualification. It recognises students’ achievements across a core of selected academic subjects in achieving six or more grades 9-5. The Ebacc covers achievements in English Language, Mathematics, at least two sciences(which can include Computer Science), a language and either History, Geography.
- 1st March 2021 - Option Choices Day - Year 8 students are off timetable so that they can use the day to research their option choices..
- 26th March 2021: Final deadline for Option Choices forms - these are submitted electronically.
For more information on Option Pathways please contact Mrs Farrow, Assistant Headteacher Curriculum via email K.Farrow@stowhigh.com