Options

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We believe that pupils should be able to personalise their studies and that they should have the opportunity to achieve success from their studies. In order to facilitate this we try to provide a range of optional courses that are suited to pupils of different aptitudes and strengths. There are differing option choices that can be made, dependent upon which Pathway students undertake.

We are committed to providing a challenging and rewarding curriculum for all pupils. Each year we take care to review our optional curriculum and to introduce new opportunities that we believe will meet the needs of our pupils. Whilst we are unable to guarantee that we can meet the first choice of every pupil, we will try our utmost to meet their choices as well as we are able. There are limitations to numbers on some courses so some pupils will find that alternatives may be necessary.

There are no barriers to learning on the grounds of gender, race or disability at Pleckgate and where possible we endeavour to provide all pupils with the opportunity to study the subjects of their choice at a level appropriate to their abilities. This however does not mean that we will allow pupils to take subjects in which their chances of success are slim, in these cases pupils will be guided in alternative directions.

Some pupils will be encouraged to take a selection of subjects that will allow them to complete the English Baccalaureate.

What is the English Baccalaureate?

The English Baccalaureate is not a qualification in itself, rather the measure recognises where pupils have secured a C grade or better across a core of academic subjects – English, mathematics, history or geography, the sciences and a language.

The subjects we have included are designed to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to study a broad core of subjects, ensuring that doors are not closed off to them in terms of future progression. For example, for pupils hoping to go to university, The Russell Group guide on making informed choices for post-16 education identifies ‘facilitating subjects’ at A level. These are subjects most likely to be required or preferred for entry to degree courses and ones that will keep the most options open. The subjects they identify are those included in the English Baccalaureate – mathematics, English, physics, biology, chemistry, geography, history and languages (classical and modern).

Pathways

Based upon a student’s academic performance, alongside the attitude they show towards their studies, school recommends one of three Pathways:

Pathway A
This Pathway is based upon the EBacc suite of subjects

Pathway B
This Pathway allows a wider choice of subjects outside of the EBacc suite

Pathway C
This Pathway provides additional support in core skills