Key Stage 4 Options

KS4 Options

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum is ambitious, aspirational and is designed to provide opportunities for all students to achieve. In order to ensure breadth and balance, all students must follow a core curriculum of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Combined Science (covering physics, chemistry and biology) which leads to 5 GCSEs. Students must also continue to study core PE as part of promoting an active, healthy lifestyle.

In addition to these subjects, students will make 4 further option choices.

We believe in helping all of our learners achieve their potential, whatever that might be. For many students this will come in the form of academic achievement at the highest level with 9 high GCSE grades. For others, a more practical experience may result in a mixture of GCSEs and technical qualifications. Neither of these is “better” than the other. What is important is for the learner to succeed at the highest level appropriate for them as an individual and for them to achieve in a range of subjects that will support future progression.

The Key Stage 4 options process is therefore an important and exciting phase in a student’s education. As a result, students will receive a lot of advice and guidance to help them to make appropriate choices from a range of option subjects; these decisions will not only shape their time at Parkside School, but will also affect their future lives.

Key Dates:

February 2021 onwards: Introduction to options and subject information

w/c 8th February: Options booklet available via the website

12th February: Subject information available via the website

24th February: Career and Options Event for students (Remote)

25th February: Parents Evening

12th March: Options form to be complete via the Forms application on Teams