Option Pathways

 

Advice and Guidance for Key Stage 4 Options - making the right choices for you.

 

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 in the following ways; 

  • Assemblies to guide students  through the process of option choices
  • Options evening for students and parents to attend (this will include subject staff giving advice but also local colleges)
  • Time within tutor groups to discuss option choices
  • Taster sessions
  • 14+ interviews with a member of staff

 

Option Choices

The pathway a student follows will dictate how many options they are able to take. Below is a brief summary of the 3 pathways students at Stowmarket follow and the options they will have :

English Baccalaureate Pathway

This Pathway is designed for the more academically able students and will allow them access to the English Baccalaureate. Beside English, Maths, Science, non GCSE PE and Citizenship, you can take four courses of your choice, one from each block.

There are four different options blocks as follows:

  • Option Block A – Free Blocks      • Option Block B – Free Blocks
  • Option Block C - Languages        • Option Block D – Humanities

 

You will choose one course from each block and a reserve choice, which should be a subject you would still like to study if you do not get your first choice in an option block. In the Languages block you can choose between French or German. In the humanities block you can choose between Geography and History.

Mixed GCSE Pathway with the option of obtaining the English Baccalaureate

Most of our students will follow this Pathway. Beside English, Maths, Science, non GCSE PE and Citizenship, you can take four courses of your choice, one from each block

There are four different options blocks as follows:

  • Option Block A     • Option Block B     • Option Block C    • Option Block D

You will choose one course from each block and a reserve choice, which should be a subject you would still like to study if you do not get your first choice.

Focussed Pathway

This is a bespoke pathway for a small number of our students will take English, Maths, Science, non GCSE PE and Citizenship.  They will also study functional skills and employability for life.  They have the option to choose 2 additional GCSE’s in option block B and C.

Key Dates:

8th February 2018: Key Stage 4 Options Booklet issued to students/parents at the Options and Information Evening.

During the week of the 19th February some subjects will be offering taster sessions in subjects that have not been studied in Year 7 and Year 8.

During the week of the 26th February: Individual interviews will take place with all students and signed options forms should be handed in then.

16th March 2018: Final deadline for Option Choices forms.

Before all these events take place we advise you to look at the Starting out Booklet, it is a guide for parents which explains their child’s options, the learning routes and qualifications available, and what support they can expect to receive.

Click on the following link for 'Starting Out' 2016-01-04-20147-Starting-out-2015-2016-Gold-LR.pdf 

Click on the following link for 'Getting started' -  this booklet contains information and advice on choosing your GCSE options, progression routes, employability skills and work in Suffolk, as well as links to useful resources to support young people with their options

2016-01-04-20146-Getting-Started-2015-16-20pp-LR.pdf

 

For more information on Option Pathways please contact Mrs Farrow, Assistant Headteacher Curriculum via email kf@stowmarkethigh.suffolk.sch.uk

 

Click on the following link for Mixed GCSE

Click on the following link for English Baccalaureate

Click on the following link for Focused Pathway