GCSE Options

The curriculum the school will provide in years 9, 10 and 11 has been designed:

· To be broad and balanced

· To allow for the maximum number of students to achieve to your highest potential in nationally recognised qualifications (i.e. study appropriate courses in your `best'   subjects)

· To allow students to select a coherent programme of study to enable you to access a meaningful progression through to post 16 and beyond

· To meet the requirements of the National Curriculum

It is a national requirement that all students study English, mathematics, science, computing, religion and personal development, together with physical education.

We call this our ‘compulsory curriculum’

‘Personalised Learning’ is a term that you may have heard used in the media and as a school we recognise that all students are individuals with differing needs. Our aim is to  offer personalised learning pathways tailored to each student. For the majority of students this means studying a selection of GCSE and BTEC qualifications in addition to the       compulsory curriculum. For all students the total number of courses available is limited to balance the need for breadth against the time required of each subject to attain the   highest grades for each individual.

Your success is our concern and experience has shown that all students need a substantial amount of help and advice to make the decision of what to study - after all, future careers may well be affected! To aid you, all students will have an interview scheduled with a member of senior staff to agree a `Personalised learning pathway for success'. A time and location for the interview will be confirmed with students.

The programme of study that you will be advised to pursue will take into account:

· Your strengths, weaknesses and current performance in all subjects

· Aspirations and future progression rates beyond the age of 16

· Our experience of organising and assessing courses

· National practice in providing opportunities for all 14-19 year old pupils.

With this in mind, a small number of students with particular needs may well be offered an alternative curriculum that is more suited to them. In this instance, there will be further opportunity to discuss and agree recommendations with parents and carers at a separate interview which may involve an independent careers advisor.

It is obviously very important that prior to the interview students, parents and carers take time to read the information in this booklet, consider which subjects to study where there is an element of choice and complete the options form. The information you provide will be discussed at the interview to agree a pathway of study through years 9, 10 and 11 at Humphry Davy School. Following the interview there will be time for students to discuss the guidance with parents or carers at home. 

Completed options forms, confirming the chosen pathway, should be handed in to Mrs    Hopkins, via reception, on Monday 26th March 2018. 

The allocation of subjects will begin on the 27th March 2018. Please inform Mrs Hall in advance if this deadline cannot be met.

Throughout the next three years your success at key stage 4 will require a considerable

commitment both in time and effort. The beginning of the process is determining an appropriate pathway to success. It is very important that home and school work together to support students at all times as success in all aspects of your chosen courses demand constant effort both at school and at home.

In the event of any difficulties, parents/carers should not hesitate to contact Mrs Hopkins

(tel: 01736 352124) who will pass your concerns on to Mrs Hall (Assistant Headteacher) or another appropriate member of staff. Our collective aim is to ensure that all students have the best possible opportunity to achieve your potential.

Mr W Marshall



Useful Links To Help Students

  • Online assessment to help you decide on your future choices
  • To create a new user: go to New Kudos – follow instructions on hand-out provided 
  • Gives information on different jobs
  • Helps you to decide what career may suit you

  • Find out about all the choices at 13, 14, 16 and 18
  • Search for information on hundreds of jobs in twenty different job sectors
  • Explore routes to different qualifications

  • Browse the job profiles section to research job titles/areas of work that you are interested in
  • It will give you information about jobs, pay, entry requirements; skills required and have links to other useful websites and labour market information
  • You can ring/chat to a National Careers Service adviser for more help and information

  • Take the buzz quiz to help identify your strengths and personality type and match to careers and jobs
  • Look at videos related to jobs and subjects

  • Play “The game” to help identify your strengths and personality to match to careers and jobs
  • Explore careers and find other information and advice

  • Guide to careers, education and student life

  • Shows you video clips and information on a wide variety of jobs and careers.  Shows people talking about the job they do, as well as video clips from larger companies/organisations.

  • Information about options at 16
  • Search for university courses
  • Look for entry requirements/subjects required that you may need for courses

  • General careers information