Explanation, guidance and help in making choices will be available from teachers, Subject Leaders, and form tutors in the first instance, as well as Mr Batten, Mrs Redfern, Mrs Sullivan and Mrs Beard. Information concerning the connection between certain subjects and various careers will be provided by Mrs Wilson (Careers Co-ordinator) or the Career Advisors from Careers Wales who visit the school. In addition, all pupils can access the Careers Wales Website - www.careerswales.com.
SHOULD I DISCUSS MY CHOICES WITH ANYONE ELSE?
Yes - you should always discuss your intentions with your parents/guardians - they will want to help you make your decisions. It may also be useful to talk to pupils in the present year 10 who have started the course you are interested in.
HOW DO I FIND OUT?
(a) What is involved in the study of a particular subject?
(b) How I will be assessed over the two years?
Information regarding the content of a subject’s syllabus is briefly outlined, as is the method of assessment, under the subject entry which appears later in this booklet. Full information may, of course, be obtained from any of the sources shown below.
FROM WHOM DO I SEEK HELP?
Form Tutor, Subject Leader, Subject Teachers, Learning Coach - Mrs Beard, Director of Wellbeing Year 9 - Miss Greentree, Your Parents or Guardians, Assistant Headteacher - Mr Clayton-Jones, Options Co-ordinator.
SOME ADVICE FOR PUPILS ENTERING YEAR 10
The next two years are vitally important, as the classwork and coursework provide an essential foundation in Knowledge and skills which you will have to employ successfully in the public examinations, in order to achieve a grade which reflects your ability. It is crucial that you remember:
• 100% attendance is a basic requirement for all courses
• undertaking homework regularly and conscientiously will is fundamental to success
• to complete coursework thoroughly and meet deadlines on time
• to take an active role in your assessment/through reflecting on your grades and devising methods with your teachers to improve the quality of your work
• time will go very quickly during the next two years - success is planned, so plan carefully
• to seek advice from subject teacher/form teacher if you have any problems
• to develop your non formal and informal learning experiences
• it is vital that you do your best in Year 9 as this will affect your placement in subject groups in Year 10.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS - KEY STAGE 4
YEAR 10 YEAR 11
December - Interim Reports October - Year 11 Parents Evenings
February - Year 10 Parents’ Evenings December - Year 11 Mock Examinations
May/June - Year 10 GCSE Examinations February - Year 11 Reports & Pre Sixth Form Evening
July - Full subject reports May/June - GCSE Examinations
August - GCSE Results July - Interviews for Sixth Form
August - Level 2 Qualifications