A guide to choosing option courses

The purpose of this options booklet is to provide students, parents and carers with information and guidance to help them make informed choices about what optional subject’s students will study in years 9, 10 and 11 at Stanley High. All students in all years follow the national curriculum and by defi nition this restricts the choices they can make due to the compulsory subjects that students must study.

What we believe in

We are committed to the principle of providing a broad and balanced curriculum that provides students with the maximum opportunity to study subjects they enjoy whilst at the same time ensuring their curriculum is demanding academically. Our desire is to ensure that every student at Stanley makes at least, their expected progress. This means that we also provide students with unique vocational courses that will provide good progression routes when they leave Stanley.

The core curriculum will include:

Option Pathways

All students will have additional options choices to complete their GCSE pathway. The majority of students will follow Pathway 1 and will continue to study the Modern Foreign Language Option they selected at the end of Year 7, a Humanities Option and two further examination courses.

Pathway 1

Where students may require additional support or have extended periods of absence, they will be offered the pathway below. This pathway will only be available following discussions with Miss Kent, Mrs Fraser-Orr and/or Mr Wright.

Pathway 2

Our options programme is designed to ensure that students’ opportunities at Key Stage 4 continue to off er pathways to ensure that whatever plans students have post 16, they will be able to progress onto suitable courses, apprenticeships or placements. Our students will continue to have flexibility to follow courses in subjects that they enjoy and in which they are most likely to be successful.

As a school we provide high quality information, advice and guidance for all our students. Our commitment to supporting each student’s individual needs will ensure that the choices your child makes now are right for them and will enable them to enjoy and achieve at KS4 and beyond. We will endeavour to allocate students their preferred option choices; however final decisions will ultimately depend on group sizes and staffing.

If you have any queries, please contact Mr Wright.

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