At Springwood we are committed to all students achieving the best they can while at the school. At Key Stage 4 this means students leaving with 5 or more good (9-5) GCSEs and at least 8 GCSEs or equivalent qualifications. We offer an extremely wide range of subjects for study in Years 9, 10 and 11, and so it is important that the right decisions are made to allow appropriate pathways into further education and employment.
Every student will follow a core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education and Physical Education throughout Key Stage 4, although in Year 9 there will also be some additional core subjects. This will account for about 60% of the teaching time. The remainder will be selected from the subjects in the "Choices" booklet. (see link opposite) These subjects include both traditional GCSE options as well as vocational ones.
This is a fantastic opportunity for students to begin to take control of their future; however we also realise that although this may be straightforward for many, it can also be quite overwhelming.
On Friday 10th February, all year 8 students will be involved in a super-learning day in school providing an overview of the choices process for KS4 and future possible careers. Students will be given their subject choices booklet too.
There is a vast range of guidance and support available to help you if you become confused or concerned about potential choices. This booklet is a starting point.
On Thursday 23rd February – Guided Choices Subject Evening
This evening will be a chance for you and your child to discuss the subjects they wish to follow with some of the teachers of those subjects. The evening will begin with a short presentation in the Music Sound Foundation Concert Hall, followed by the opportunity to discuss the subject choices with the Head of Department or subject teachers. There are three identical presentations, although, where possible, please attend the one relevant to your child.
· If your child is in tutor group 8B1, 8B2, 8F1 or 8F2 please attend the presentation at 6:00pm
· If your child is in tutor group 8H1, 8H2 or 8O1 please attend the presentation at 6:40pm
· If your child is in tutor group 8O2, 8S1 or 8S2 please attend the presentation at 7:20pm
It is not always possible to accommodate all selections. We have to maintain reasonable class sizes and also try to work around “clashes”. As a result we ask you to indicate other courses you might consider. For some students it may be necessary to use these courses and so they must be subjects in which you have an interest and ability.
Please see link opposite for a PowerPoint presentation from the Option Choices Evening.