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Curriculum: GCSE Options

Following a full review of our curriculum provision for Key Stages 3 and 4 during the academic year 2018/19, the decision of the school and governors here at Rossett is that we will be moving to a new model where all subjects for examination in Year 11 will be studied from the September of Year 10 for most students.

This decision was not taken lightly. We have looked at the breadth of our current curriculum offer and the Key Stage 4 options’ process – particularly the timing of students’ key decisions.  We have spoken to a number of students and parents in our current Years 9-11 – who have recently started their GCSEs – and they have given us valuable feedback.  A major criticism of our current process is that Year 8 is too early to make such important decisions about the subjects for study at Key Stage 4. Parents and students tell us that they would have liked more time before deciding upon which subjects to choose and which to stop studying.

From an educational perspective, this allows a greater period of time for students to consolidate their knowledge and learning at Key Stage 3 in preparation for the demands of Key Stage 4.

Therefore, after conducting this internal consultation and examining national and local offers, we have made the decision to postpone the formal Options process until January of Year 9, with students starting to study for their GCSEs in September of Year 10.

This change will not reduce the number of qualifications being studied or the breadth of qualifications.