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INTRODUCTION

Up until Year 8 everyone studies the same subjects. However, as you move into Year 9, you have the ability to personalise your curriculum. There are some subjects that everyone must still study. These are our core curriculum subjects which are English, English Literature, Mathematics, Science and Religious Studies. In addition, you will also take part in non‐GCSE PE and Learning for Life lessons but you do not take exams in these subjects.

In the Autumn Term of Year 9 there will be a Core Subjects Evening which will feature course information for English, Mathematics, Science and Religious Studies.

In addition to the core curriculum, you will need to make a decision about which four optional subjects you will study in Year 9 through to Year 11. Before making a decision about which options to choose, it is important that you:

READ about what is available

THINK about the consequences of your choices

SEEK ADVICE from teachers, and

DISCUSS POSSIBILITIES with teachers and parents.

The purpose of this booklet is to provide pupils and parents with information about option subject courses which are available to them at Endon High School.  

Allocation of time across Key Stage Four

Our two‐weekly timetable follows a 50 period cycle and each period is approximately one hour long. Below is a table that shows how these periods are allocated across Year 9:

Year 9 Curriculum Allocation Subject Allocation (over 2 weeks)

English/English Literature 

8

Mathematics

8

Science (Trilogy or Tripple)

9

Religious Education

3

Physical Education

4

Learning for Life(PSHE)

2

Humanities Option

4

Languages Option

4

Free Option  1

4

Free Option  2

4

Total

50

 Year 9 has a somewhat different character to Years 10 and 11 as it is a transitional year between Key Stages 3 and 4. In Year 9 we maintain the KS3 PE allocation of 4 hours per fortnight. This is non‐examination PE and is additional to GCSE PE, should you opt for that subject. We also have timetabled ‘Learning for Life’ lessons to deliver Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education. In Year 9 we also continue to assess pupils using our KS3 mastery levels rather than GCSE grades.

In Years 10 and 11 we step up the amount of curriculum time given to the option subjects to enable them to be covered thoroughly and we begin to assess using GCSE 9‐1 grades. The Year 10/11 curriculum allocation is below:

Year 10 and Year 11 Subject Allocation (over 2 weeks)

English/English Literature

8

Mathematics

8

Science (Trilogy or Tripple)

9

Religious Education

3

Physical Education

2

Humanities Option

5

Languages Option

5

Free Option 1

5

Free Option 2

5

Total

50

Making your choices

As you can see from the curriculum allocation above, there are two options which are a completely free choice and there are two options where you are guided to follow the English Baccalaureate route. The Department for Education defines the ‘Ebacc’ as a set of subjects at GCSE that keep young people’s options open for further study and future careers.To achieve the Ebacc a pupil must pass GCSEs in:

  • English language and Literature 

  • Mathematics 

  • The Sciences (this can be achieved through the Trilogy or Triple route and can also include the Computer Science option)

  • Geography and History 

  • A Foreign language 

 The English, Maths and Science elements are part of our core curriculum anyway. Therefore to meet the full Ebacc requirements we ask pupils to opt for at least one of Geography or History and at least one of French or German. It is possible to do both Humanities or both Languages should you wish to by using your choices in the free‐choice options. The English Baccalaureate is not a qualification in itself.

Research shows that a pupil’s socio‐economic background impacts the subjects they choose at GCSE, and that this determines their opportunities beyond school. A study by the UCL Institute of Education shows that studying subjects included in the EBacc provides students with greater opportunities in further education and increases the likelihood that a pupil will stay on in full‐ time education. Sutton Trust research reveals that studying the EBacc can help improve a young person’s performance in English and maths. Therefore the government’s ambition is to see 75% of pupils studying the EBacc subject combination at GCSE by 2022, and 90% by 2025.  

Although the Ebacc is a national agenda, we have long had a high uptake and strong results in Geography, History and Modern Foreign Languages at Endon High School so this is something we are able to embrace. However we also believe is important to offer a wide variety of other subjects. Therefore pupils have two further choices which are a completely free choice. The full range of subjects that pupils can opt for in their two free choices are:

Art & Design

French

Business Studies

Geography

Child Development

German

Computer Science

History

Design & Technology

Music

Drama

Physical Education

Food Preparation & Nutrition

Textiles

 PE Options

In addition to choosing their four Option subjects, pupils will also make a choice about which route they wish to follow within the compulsory PE lessons that they will continue to follow.  

The options within compulsory PE time are:

‐ Games

‐ Dance  

‐ Sports Leaders 

Information about these choices can be found at the back of this booklet.  

This is a decision for all pupils regardless of whether they have opted for GCSE PE

 

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