The GCSE subjects we are currently offering are:
Double Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics condensed into two GCSEs)
Triple science (this is more biology, chemistry and physics and allows pupils to have three Science GCSEs)
Drama and Theatre Studies
PE and Sport Science
We have decided to keep options as broad as possible and ask pupils and parents to express their subject options as a preference. Despite offering breadth, when making their option choices, we recommend that students make a balanced choice of subjects. We strongly recommend that all pupils take a language and a humanities subject as well as something creative. However, there may become exceptions to this and it is important that students ask themselves these questions as they make their choices:
1. What do I enjoy?
2. What am I good at?
3. What do I need to get me to the next stage?
4. What am I interested in knowing more about?
Pupils in Year 9 have been completing worksheets and have attended a session on helping them to reflect on these questions to help them make informed and sensible choices. As well as the questions above pupils should also assess their own skills and talents, for example if they speak another language (even one not listed here) they may be able to take a GCSE in this language with relatively little preparation all owing them to take another subject or affording them more time to study their other GCSEs.