Year 9 Options

Key Staff

Mr J. Evans

Deputy Headteacher

Mrs G. Milsom

Curriculum Manager

Key Documents

Year 10 and Year 11 Options

GCSE and Level 2 Vocational Options are planned and staffed to enable the widest possible choice of option subject for students. Our curriculum is broad and balanced and we endeavour to ensure that parents and students are informed and able to make the right option choices. We work hard to ensure that the maximum number of students receive their first choices.

1. Making a Choice

Sometimes the choice is easy; sometimes it comes after a lot of careful thought and
discussion. It should never be made without a consideration of all the facts.

The worst reasons for making a choice include:
(a) A friend has decided to study that subject.
(b) A.N. Other is a marvelous teacher of the subject.
(c) The students in the subject go on lots of trips.
(d) There is nothing else that I know anything about.

The best reasons are:
(a) The work in the subject is interesting and enjoyable now.
(b) Success has been achieved in the subject.
(c) Further study in the subject promises to be interesting.
(d) A serious commitment to regular study in the subject can be given.
(e) A qualification in the subject may be necessary or helpful in a particular career.

2. Careers Guidance
It is vital that students are aware of all the options available to them post-16 and their
choices in Year 9 play an important part of this. Our Careers staff offer advice and
guidance to students on a range of issues including their plans for the future.
Careers advice will be available at the Year 9 Options Evening and the resources in the
Study Centre are available to all students before and after school and during break and
lunchtimes. Year 9 and 10 students will take part in various careers events and in Year
11, more targeted careers learning and advice will be available for students to help them
research and plan for their future and make the choices that are right for them.
To make an appointment with the careers advisor, students simply need to ask their
Tutor to arrange this for them, or they can call into the careers room in D block.

Classwork And Homework

A commitment to good classwork and properly completed homework is essential for
success. Systematic preparation, careful thought and the practice of skills are the vital
elements of all set work and parents can help to ensure that it is done.

3. National Curriculum
This is made up of the subjects which the Government have indicated all students must
study between the ages of 5 and 16.
The National Curriculum aims to provide a balance of subjects to give you a wide range
of skills to prepare you for life beyond school. This is why you cannot simply “drop”
subjects you do not like.

4. Examination Entries
Parents will be notified, usually in the January before the summer examinations, of the
examination entries which the school is proposing, and are offered an opportunity to
discuss them with the appropriate subject teachers.

5. Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form (16 – 19)
The majority of students will join the Sixth Form for two or three years to study at
Advanced Level or for one or two years to study at Intermediate Level. Many continue in
Higher Education after leaving school at eighteen; others proceed directly into
employment/apprenticeships. Parents should be aware that students are now required to
be in education/training until age 18. Some of the courses offered in this booklet
continue into the Sixth Form, others may be taken up in the Sixth Form. We also run an
Art Foundation Course after A Levels. The Sixth Form Prospectus can be accessed here

6. Further Education in Colleges
Some students apply to local colleges for specialist courses in which the colleges are
particularly qualified. These courses begin either at the age of sixteen, seventeen, or
eighteen. The appropriate details will be considered as part of the Careers Guidance
Programme.
7. Personal Qualities
For a successful and enjoyable career the personal qualities of diligence, persistence,
integrity, courtesy and punctuality are all important.

Year 9 Options

Key Staff

Mr J. Evans

Deputy Headteacher

Mrs G. Milsom

Curriculum Manager

Key Documents

Year 10 and Year 11 Options

GCSE and Level 2 Vocational Options are planned and staffed to enable the widest possible choice of option subject for students. Our curriculum is broad and balanced and we endeavour to ensure that parents and students are informed and able to make the right option choices. We work hard to ensure that the maximum number of students receive their first choices.

1. Making a Choice

Sometimes the choice is easy; sometimes it comes after a lot of careful thought and
discussion. It should never be made without a consideration of all the facts.

The worst reasons for making a choice include:
(a) A friend has decided to study that subject.
(b) A.N. Other is a marvelous teacher of the subject.
(c) The students in the subject go on lots of trips.
(d) There is nothing else that I know anything about.

The best reasons are:
(a) The work in the subject is interesting and enjoyable now.
(b) Success has been achieved in the subject.
(c) Further study in the subject promises to be interesting.
(d) A serious commitment to regular study in the subject can be given.
(e) A qualification in the subject may be necessary or helpful in a particular career.

2. Careers Guidance
It is vital that students are aware of all the options available to them post-16 and their
choices in Year 9 play an important part of this. Our Careers staff offer advice and
guidance to students on a range of issues including their plans for the future.
Careers advice will be available at the Year 9 Options Evening and the resources in the
Study Centre are available to all students before and after school and during break and
lunchtimes. Year 9 and 10 students will take part in various careers events and in Year
11, more targeted careers learning and advice will be available for students to help them
research and plan for their future and make the choices that are right for them.
To make an appointment with the careers advisor, students simply need to ask their
Tutor to arrange this for them, or they can call into the careers room in D block.

Classwork And Homework

A commitment to good classwork and properly completed homework is essential for
success. Systematic preparation, careful thought and the practice of skills are the vital
elements of all set work and parents can help to ensure that it is done.

3. National Curriculum
This is made up of the subjects which the Government have indicated all students must
study between the ages of 5 and 16.
The National Curriculum aims to provide a balance of subjects to give you a wide range
of skills to prepare you for life beyond school. This is why you cannot simply “drop”
subjects you do not like.

4. Examination Entries
Parents will be notified, usually in the January before the summer examinations, of the
examination entries which the school is proposing, and are offered an opportunity to
discuss them with the appropriate subject teachers.

5. Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form (16 – 19)
The majority of students will join the Sixth Form for two or three years to study at
Advanced Level or for one or two years to study at Intermediate Level. Many continue in
Higher Education after leaving school at eighteen; others proceed directly into
employment/apprenticeships. Parents should be aware that students are now required to
be in education/training until age 18. Some of the courses offered in this booklet
continue into the Sixth Form, others may be taken up in the Sixth Form. We also run an
Art Foundation Course after A Levels. The Sixth Form Prospectus can be accessed here

6. Further Education in Colleges
Some students apply to local colleges for specialist courses in which the colleges are
particularly qualified. These courses begin either at the age of sixteen, seventeen, or
eighteen. The appropriate details will be considered as part of the Careers Guidance
Programme.
7. Personal Qualities
For a successful and enjoyable career the personal qualities of diligence, persistence,
integrity, courtesy and punctuality are all important.