The Year 9 Options Evening will take place on Tuesday 23rd February 6pm-7.30pm 2021. AS things stand this is likely to be a virtual presentation. Dr Neal will provide a briefing on the Key Stage 4 Curriculum from September and how to make the right choices. Subject leaders will produce videos detailing the various courses on offer. Every year we review the subjects we offer and the format of the options given the make-up of our Year 9 students cohort.
In line with other local schools and based on DfE requirements for the curriculum we have evolved two main pathways; eBacc and Progress 8. Students on the eBacc pathway will need to select language and either Geography or History, plus two further options (which could include the other humanity subject). Students on the Progress 8 Pathway will need to select a language, Geography or History plus three further subjects (which include could both humanities and/or a language). Students prior-attainment in Key Stage 2, as well as any special educational needs have been considered in allocating students to the relevant pathways. Students will not however, be taught in separate classes depending on the pathways. All option classes will continue to be mixed ability.
Alongside the eBacc subjects of French, Geography, History and Spanish students will also be able to opt for subjects in the following disciplines: Art, Technology, Food and Nutrition, Music, Photography, Computer Science, Performing Arts, Dance, and Physical Education.
Making choices online
Students will make their choices online, logging in using their “KGApupils” email address. A demonstration of how to access and use the system will be given in an assembly with Year 9 and during the options evening. parents will receive an email after the options evening providing access to the options students have chosen but they will be unable to amend choices. This is only possible through the students' accounts. However, if anyone struggles with the system then they should contact tutors who can access the options and add or update them. Allocation to classes will not be on a first come first served basis. Planning for the timetable from September will not start until all students have completed the options form. More details on this process will be provided during the options presentation.
Once a user is registered with the online options system then it can be accessed directly at the following address: https://www.sims-options.co.uk/