The Curriculum Guidance Process


What is the Curriculum Guidance Process?

The Year 9 Curriculum Guidance Process involves parents, 2350 The Grange 042students and staff working together to decide the best subjects for students to study at Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11).

This is an exciting opportunity to reflect on the future aspirations of our students, allowing them to consider the pathway they will take to post-16 education.2350 The Grange 032

We want students to make the best choices for their future success and, as such, this programme of study requires careful consideration. The process has therefore been carefully designed to encourage students to be reflective and support them in making informed and balanced decisions.

Should you have any questions, please contact your child’s tutor or Mr Palmer, our Assistant Headteacher who is overseeing the process this year.


What is a broad and balanced curriculum?

It is important that all students follow a broad and balanced curriculum that is appropriate for their academic ability. 

All students will study the core subjects. The majority will study either geography or history. Those students who have an aptitude for modern foreign languages will study Spanish. This means students will have either two or three further optional subjects.


How will students be supported?

We are hosting Curriculum Guidance Evening on 24th January where there will be an opportunity to discuss the specific aspects of the different courses. Parents and students will have the opportunity that evening to talk to teachers about the subjects in which they are interested.

Throughout the process students will be supported by their tutor, subject teachers and Head of Year.

In addition, all students are interviewed by a senior member of staff and can at any time talk to Mr Palmer, our Assistant Headteacher who oversees the process.

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Key Dates

From Monday, 7 January

A letter is sent home to parents outlining the Process.

Wednesday, 16 January

Students have an assembly about the process. In PSHE, students go through the Curriculum Guidance Portal and fill in Interview Preparation Forms.

From Monday, 21 January

Students and parents receive an invitation to Curriculum Guidance Evening and details of the interview date, time and place.

Thursday 24 January, 6.00-7.30 pm

Curriculum Guidance Evening: parents and students have the opportunity to talk to teachers about the subjects in which they are interested.

By Friday 25 January

All students submit their Interview Preparation Form and their Choices Form.

From Monday 28 January

Interviews begin. Every student is interviewed by a senior member of staff.