We advise pupils to have breadth and balance in their GCSE subject choices, with many encouraged to take a humanity and a foreign language where they are able to do so.
Pupils are usually advised to take single-entry sciences in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Alongside this, the Science curriculum can be adjusted for pupils to take the Double Award if this is most appropriate.
Many pupils at this stage have yet to decide about educational or career pathways and so it is important to preserve a broad subject approach.
One period a week is devoted to PSHE which allow pupils to extend their personal development, look at careers and understand political and economic aspects of life and cover the Relationships and Sex Education curriculum.
A GCSE Subjects Options Booklet that is revised annually will be issued to Year 9 pupils in the Spring term.
The booklet contains full details of the core GCSE subjects and the optional subjects available to pupils and from which they have to make their choices.