Just before Easter in year 8, students are taken through the options process. Each student is carefully chosen and offered the right pathway and option choices based on current attainment data, KS2 scores, attitudes to learning and reading age. Every student receives a one-to-one interview with a member of the senior leadership team or Head of House to discuss their allocated pathway and subsequent subject choices. The Saltley Key Stage 4 non-compulsory subjects are:
GCSE Art & Design
GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
GCSE Media Studies
GCSE Physical Education
Cambridge National level 2 in Child Development
ASDAN Level 1 Award of Personal Effectiveness (AoPE)
There are five pathways, and our priority is to ensure students complete the pathway most appropriate for them. We want to ensure every student has as many opportunities open to them as possible when they leave us. We have a strong belief in EBACC subjects and believe that studying a humanities subject and a modern foreign language at GCSE will open doors for our students. The pathways offer:
Red - Triple science (higher), History or Geography, MFL
Blue - Combined Science, History or Geography, MFL, option choice
Green - Triple science (foundation), Humanity or MFL, option choice
Orange - Combined Science, Humanity or MFL, option choice
Yellow - Certificate in Science (incl. GCSE Chemistry), ASDAN, option choice
During year 9 there is some flexibility for students to change their chosen subjects within option blocks ensuring that they are satisfied with their option choices before beginning the full GCSE course at the end of the year.
For more information on each subject and the course outline, please click here. To hear from subject leads more information on the course content, please watch these videos:
To listen to the year 8 assembly on pathways, please click here.