|English and RS||Set by ability (with some mixed ability teaching) with English taking the lead on setting.|
|Maths, Science and PE||Set by ability with maths and science taking the lead on setting.
Students who opt for separate sciences (biology, chemistry and physics) are taught together for science.
Where there is only one option group in a year group this will have a mixed ability intake. However, some subjects will have two or more groups and these will be set by ability where possible.
English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects at GCSE
As a school, we are committed to offering a curriculum which provides a broad, balanced, relevant and personalised learning experience for all our students. It should also help to deliver outstanding achievement for all. However, we also need to ensure that it provides as strong a foundation as possible for future progression.
The government, employers and universities have recognised that while it is important to offer students a curriculum which meets their needs and interests, it also crucial that doors are not closed off to them in terms of future progression; for example, for students hoping to go to university. As a result, the government has created a performance measure for schools which records the performance of students (based on an average points score from 2018 onwards) in the following subjects: English, mathematics, sciences (two or more), history or geography and a language. These have been termed the ‘EBacc subjects’.
The governors have therefore taken the decision that almost all students are required to opt for at least one additional EBacc subject (as well as the core curriculum of English Language, mathematics and double science). These subjects from which our students can choose are listed below:
• Modern Foreign Language (French, German or Spanish)
• Separate Science (biology, chemistry and physics)
Students are able to use choose freely for their remaining three options. They are, of course, able to choose further EBacc subjects as part of these remaining choices. It should be noted, as outlined below, that all students currently studying two languages in Year 9 (French and German or French and Spanish) are required to opt for a language at GCSE.
Languages at GCSE
We believe that it is in the best interests of students that they continue to study a foreign language at GCSE level. As a result, all students who are currently following dual language courses in Year 9 (French and Spanish or French and German) will be required to continue at least one of their current languages at GCSE level. In addition, we also encourage students who have a talent for languages to continue to study both French and German or Spanish. Students who study one language in Year 9 are equally encouraged to continue to study French as a GCSE option.
Alternative Curriculum Provision
While we believe that the requirement to opt for at least one EBacc subject is appropriate for the vast majority of students at Gillotts School, we are aware that it may not be suitable for everyone. Each year we identify a small number of students for whom alternative curriculum provision may be more appropriate to their needs and interests. These students will study for GCSEs in English, Mathematics, and the Science Combined Award but follow other, non GCSE, courses where appropriate.
In the current Year 11 we have a group of students whom also follow the Skillforce programme. This allows them to work towards a range of qualifications and awards including the Duke of Edinburgh Award, ASDAN Bronze Award and First Aid. The aim is to provide a curriculum which is challenging but enjoyable, helping to develop wider skills such as team building and working with others. Skillforce is a whole day programme and is equivalent to three option choices. The students who follow this course were also able to choose a further option from the list in the table below.
In the current Year 10 we have replaced the Skillforce programme with our own bespoke alternative curriculum programme centred around the BTEC Workskills programme. This qualification helps students develop the skills required for the world of work, including offering mini work experience. We also aim to provide these students additional support in English and mathematics. This programme is equivalent to two option choices and students opting for it will also be able to opt for two further option subjects from the list below.
We also provide another group of students who need additional support in English and mathematics with the opportunity to opt for extra lessons in these subjects instead of one of their GCSE option choices.
What option courses are currently offered in Years 10 and 11?
The table below lists the current option courses which are available in Years 10 and 11. You can find out more information about these courses in the options booklet below.
|Art & Design||Drama||MFL - Spanish|
|DT – Design Technology||MFL - French||Sociology|
|DT – Food Preparation & Nutrition||MFL – German||Triple Science|
|BTEC Children’s Play, Learning & Development|
|BTEC Workskills||Extra English & Mathematics|
Year 9 Options Booklet