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Key Stage 4 Options

To help you find out more about your options, we have produced a Year 9 Options Booklet.

In the Year 9 Options Booklet below you will find some useful information about choosing your options. This includes information about each subject being offered.

There is an Online Options Form (available from Monday 27th January) below for students to use when making their options choices. Please see the link below. When you click the link at the bottom of the page, make sure you log in with your child’s school Office 365 (O365) email address and password. This is the same password that your child uses to login onto the school's computer.

The format for email addresses for students is: First initial Surname Year of entry into secondary school @thejohnroanschool.org.uk. For example, a Year 9 email address is:  jsmith17@thejohnroanschool.org.uk

If you and your child require some extra support, you can make an appointment to speak to a member of staff.

Mr Rogers
Assistant Headteacher

Year 9 Options Booklet

Important Dates

 Year 9 Assemblies to explain course choice process

 Starting 13th January

 Year 9 Parent Options Evening

 Wednesday 22nd January

 Year 9 Parent Evening

 Wednesday 12th February

 Deadline for completion of choices form

 Monday 24th February

 Students and parents informed of courses that have been allocated

 Summer Term

 Student timetables issued

 First day of Autumn Term

Online Options Form

Options Block

You will be required to complete a course choice form after the parent information evening and detailed assemblies to explain what courses are being offered and how to make appropriate choices. The course choice form will be open to students through their Office 365 log in. Before submitting the completed form, please ensure that it is fully checked. Once a decision over the allocation of courses to the whole of Year 9 has been finalised, parents will be informed by letter.

Students should choose one subject and make a reserve choice from each of the following option blocks:

Option Block 1

Option Block 2

Option Block 3

Art & Design: Fine Art

BTEC Health & Social Care

Art & Design: Fine Art

BTEC Sport

BTEC Sport

Drama

Business

Computer Science

Food Preparation & Nutrition

French

Geography

Geography

Sociology

History

History

Spanish

Physical Education

Music

Art & Design: Textile Design

Product Design

Art & Design: Photography

 

Religious Studies

Physical Education

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Model

The changing nature of assessment and success criteria at Key Stage 4 and the requirements for successful transfer to Key Stage 5 and beyond are reflected in the design of our curriculum. We offer the following subjects:

EBacc

Other Academic

Creative and Practical

French

Business

Food Preparation & Nutrition

Art & Design: Fine Art

Geography

Computer Science

Music

Art & Design: Photography

History

Religious Studies

Physical Education

Art & Design: Textile Design

Spanish

Sociology

Product Design

Drama

Vocational Qualifications

These courses require a different set of skills than GCSE courses but are in demand by employers and Further Education Colleges. All vocational qualifications offered at The John Roan School are recognised by Universities. Although they are largely practical and related to broad areas of work, students are required to complete written assignments as part of their assessed portfolios of work and to pass a written examination.

BTEC Health and Social Care

BTEC Sport

The essential differences between GCSE and vocational qualifications are shown below.

BTEC/Tech Award

GCSE

 Coursework and examination

 Examination at the end of the course

 Pathway to a career – skills based specific to the course

 Open qualification

 Graded: Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*

 Graded: 9 - 1

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