It is time
for our Year 9 students, and their parents, to be considering choices of
courses for the next two years. This is obviously a very important stage.
These years involve the study for qualifications, mostly GCSE, which will be
awarded in the Summer of the year 2008.
Up to now,
there has been little choice regarding subjects studied. These have largely
been determined by Key Stage 3 of the National Curriculum. As we now prepare
for Key Stage 4, there are also some aspects of the curriculum which are
pre-determined. This is in many ways a positive advantage as it guarantees a
degree of balance and prevents the possibility of making too many mistakes!
Even so, there are still some genuine choices to be made.
offer everything. The choices will be made within a clear framework to
ensure breadth and balance; under the guidance of teachers and parents; and
within the resources available and capacity of the school to meet individual
be opportunities to obtain advice and guidance from teachers here. For
example, our annual Parentsí Evening, which will help you to determine
progress in various subjects, takes place on Tuesday 28 February. There is
also a meeting on Tuesday 24 January at 7.00 p.m. in Bader Hall. This is not
a consultation evening for particular subjects but is designed to help
explain principles and procedures regarding options.
Year 9 will also be working with their form tutors to help them to
understand the process and the choices possible.
I hope that
booklet is a helpful guide which initiates the process of making these
E J Lunt