GCSE Options

When will I pick my options?

The Core Curriculum (compulsory subjects studied by ALL students)

All students will study a Core Curriculum of six GCSEs:

  • English Language and English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Triple Science (three GCSE qualification)

Students also continue a core Physical Education (PE) programme and undertake Citizenship, Personal and Religious studies (CPRE) and Computing.  Additional accreditation/qualifications may also be available within these programmes over the two years of study.

Our option pathways

There have been many changes implemented recently with respect to both the qualifications available to students and the expectations of the study programmes that schools and Academies should offer by the Government. These have all been aimed at securing higher standards of education for students.

A great deal of effort and thought has gone into considering how best to provide for our students, not only in securing them success into KS4 but also offering progression routes forward through Sixth Form/Apprenticeships to University/Employment. We are delighted this year to be able to offer two pathways for our students to choose from, Our Believe route which is an Ebacc pathway and Achieve which is a traditional pathway.  Both routes offer students a broad, varied and creative selection of choices. Students will be advised which pathway they are on depending on attainment and progress made in KS3.

We have thought carefully about the progress students have made in Years 7, 8 and 9. Using this information, as well as information about the levels you reached at primary school, we have decided which subjects will be available to you within the pathway you have been allocated.

These pathways offer further GCSEs or equivalences and ensure that our curriculum remains broad and balanced to provide progression into Sixth Form/College or Apprenticeships.