Year 9 Options 2016-17

Helping you make your subject choices

The timetable at Samuel Whitbread Academy is based on a two week cycle, consisting of 5 one hour lessons per day, in total 50 lessons per cycle. Throughout Year 9, 30 of the 50 lessons are focused on the Core subjects of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Religious Studies, Engaging Minds and Core PE. 

During the first part of  Year 9, the students have had their remaining lessons in each of the option subjects, allowing them to get a strong idea of the content, skills and syllabus covered within each subject area. Support and guidance with the options process has been offered through our Engaging Minds programme, assemblies and tutor periods. The time has now come to choose which option subjects to take forward. 

Our broad and balanced Key Stage 4 curriculum offer has been designed to strike a balance between making sure that students study a wide range of subjects and allowing them to develop their own interests.  We have taken great care to ensure that what is offered at Key Stage 4 within school reflects the rapidly changing national picture where GCSEs are undergoing fundamental reform and also ensures that the academy is complying with the current government proposal which is moving towards the English Baccalaureate.

Our most successful students understand their chosen courses reflect their passion for the subject and their future career ambitions. Information about our 6th form, the courses that are currently on offer and an idea of the GCSE or BTEC grade requirements to take these subjects, are also available on our website. This is obviously a few years away but it is a great idea to look to the future and then work backwards regarding GCSE choices. 

Monday 12th December 2016 is the earliest date at which students can return their completed forms to tutors and the final deadline for return is Friday 6th January 2017.  This is clearly an important decision for all involved and needs to be carefully considered. Please ensure your daughter / son discusses their options with you and takes on board all the information and advice to make the right decisions for them and their futures.