Welcome to the year 9 Options Process
Holy Family Catholic High School offers a broad and balanced curriculum which combines a rigorous focus on the key skills of literacy, numeracy and IT along with an exciting range of activities both within lessons and in extra-curricular time. An exciting range of extra-curricular opportunities are on offer and pupils are strongly encouraged to take part in those activities whether sporting, cultural or academic.
Pupils are reaching the stage of their secondary school education where they are able to shape their own timetable by choosing a number of optional subjects to study alongside our core offer of English, maths, Science, RE and PE that must be followed by all pupils.
The school offers a range of optional courses in Key Stage 4 which are delivered by well qualified and experienced staff. We offer a dynamic, innovative and motivational curriculum which seeks to both engage pupils and support them to be the best they can be, leaving them well placed to take up progression opportunities post-16.
As part of the Options programme, pupils are able to study both GCSE and vocational courses (Technical Awards) and for pupils who sit their final examinations in 2019 this must include English Language, English Literature, maths and RE; at least three EBacc subjects from Science, History Geography, French or Spanish and a further two subjects from the approved ‘free choice’ or ‘open’ group of subjects.
So what does this mean for your option choices at Holy Family Catholic High School?
Our core curriculum
Pupils will study GCSE English Language, GCSE English Literature, GCSE maths, GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy (equivalent to two GCSEs), GCSE RE and a non-examined PE programme.
The GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy, counts as two of the three required EBacc subjects. Pupils are free to choose one more EBacc subject from either GCSE Geography, GCSE History, GCSE French, GCSE Spanish or the GCSE triple science option.
Please note that pupils wishing to opt for triple Science must have achieved at least a Level 6b by the end of Key Stage 3.
Free Choice subjects (Options B and C)
Pupils are free to choose two further subjects form the following: Engineering; Business; Music; Performing Arts; Hospitality, Art and Design; Sport; Health and Social Care; IT; Geography; History or Triple Science.
Pupils wishing to achieve the English Baccalaureate should ensure that they opt for a Modern Foreign Language in Option A and then either Geography or History in Option B/C.
We cannot guarantee that all pupils will be able to take the subjects they choose, as some courses may be over-subscribed. Courses which are under-subscribed may have to be withdrawn.
It’s all about you!
It is important that you choose your option subjects based on YOUR needs and interests.
• Do choose a subject because you are good at it or have a talent or flair for it and because you think you will enjoy it
• Don’t choose a subject simply because it’s what your friends are doing or you like the teacher; they may not teach you for the next two years!
To help you make the right choice for you we are running taster sessions during the school day the week commencing the 13th March 2017 for all subjects. You will have the opportunity to experience each KS4 course and ask any questions you may have. The deadline for option returns is Monday 3rd April 2017.
Mr Walter, Assistant Headteacher is responsible for the Options process within the school and is the point-of-contact for parents/ carers and pupils should you have any queries. He is being supported by Mr Coper, Head of Year 9.
I am confident that our KS4 curriculum offer supports each and every student to be the best that they can be whilst ensuring they are well placed and prepared to progress post-16 within their chosen career path.
I encourage you to think carefully and choose wisely!
With every best wish,
Mrs D. Mitchell
Please click here to read the guide.