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 and opt for either Religious Studies, ICT (i-media) or Sports studies, all of which are accredited courses and cover elements of the PSHCE programme to ensure spiritual, moral and cultural development. In addition to these subjects, students will make 3 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.

If you wish to study the construction course that is run by Keighley College starting in September 2019 please see Mr Clapham for a letter regarding the taster day on 9th February. The 2019 Options Booklet will be uploaded when it has been finalised.

Key Dates:

23rd January onwards: Introduction to options and subject information in assembly

6th February: Options booklet given out

9th February: Taster Day at Keighley College (Saturday)

13th February: Career and Options Day and Evening. Parents and students are invited to the evening at Parkside School at 6pm-7.30pm

27th February: Parents Evening

1st March: Options form to be handed in to form tutor / Mr Clapham