Options Process

An Introduction to Options

At Hadleigh High School our goal is for all students to achieve as much as possible while enjoying their time with us.

One way we do this is by ensuring, through the options process, that everyone has a broad and relevant curriculum. All our students take the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. In addition, all take part in Physical Education and Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHEe).

In recent years there have been a significant number of changes and new choices have been made available to schools by the national government. We have responded to each of these in a way that gives Hadleigh students the best possible choices in their future.

In order to ensure a breadth of study for our students we ask them to choose four option subjects. There are several aspects to take into account when choosing GCSE subjects. It is important that you and your child consider the impact of these choices on future ambitions as well as your child’s enjoyment and likely success. Choosing the right options for Key Stage 4 has definite implications for the future of the individual. We will give advice and guidance to help you make the best possible choices.

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To complement the study of the core subjects all pupils will be required to choose two subjects from the EBacc subjects.

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is a measure introduced by the Government to "ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to study a broad core of subjects, ensuring that doors are not closed off to them in terms of future progression."1 The Ebacc is becoming ever more important in the eyes of colleges and employers. For instance, while our local sixth form colleges do not currently require the English Baccalaureate, the best universities (the Russell Group) already use it in their selection process. Major employers are expected to follow suit.

All GCSE courses are open to all students regardless of academic performance, however, some other courses require particular qualities.

Students need to think carefully about all the opportunities open to them and bear in mind that if they are offered a place on any of these courses then they are making a commitment for the whole two years.

We aim to offer maximum choice but if courses are under-subscribed or economically unviable, we will have to withdraw the offer. We will do everything we can to meet the demands put upon us.

I hope that the options process is clear and transparent for you and that any disappointment is kept to a minimum. Please do not hesitate to contact me, Mr Cook, subject leaders or anyone at school if you need further information or advice.

Tom Miller

Deputy Headteacher