King Edward VII Options Evening – 4th December 2018

November 2018

Dear Parents

Options Evening – 4th December 2018

We would like to invite you to our Options Evening which will take place at King Edward VII on Tuesday 4th December 2018 at 6pm.   Options booklets will be available to those students who have chosen King Edward VII as their first choice.  The options booklet will also be available to view online after 4th December for those who are undecided.

The Principal will give a short presentation, in the hall, covering the application process, curriculum and assessment information.  To help with seating, we request that only the Year 9 student and their parents or other accompanying adult attend.   The talk will take place at the following times:

Please arrive at 6.00pm to enable you to tour the subject areas when you are not in the Principal’s talk.

6.00 pm  Surnames A – K   in the Main Hall

6.45 pm  Surnames L – Z    in the Harley Theatre

As outlined in my letter of 28th September, over the past months, I have worked with Mrs Patrick and the Heads of School at Newbridge and Castle Rock High Schools to review curriculum provision. Firstly, in preparation for September 2018 academic year, we restructured the Year 9 Options offer so that students thought more carefully about subjects that they wish to continue into Year 10. Secondly, we have considered the suggestions and questions we received from parents and students throughout the year, alongside the needs, interests and aspirations of students and made the following changes which we know will offer greater choice. Along with the core subjects of English Maths and Science, we will continue to promote the facilitating subjects of French, History, Geography, Computer Science and Triple Science, but students need only pick one of those five. Students will also be able to choose these subjects from the open choice table. In doing this, we will be able to offer 3 free option choices to students.

We do still recommend that students carefully consider their career aspirations at the end of A Levels in Year 13 or GCSE in Year 11. Students wishing to progress to university or a higher level apprenticeships are advised to choose more than one facilitating subject at GCSE as these are considered to be amongst the most rigorous and demanding academic subjects and therefore an indicator of a student’s capacity to undertake study at Level 3. Equally, it is also important that students are encouraged to study subjects that they are passionate about and that they excel in. Many students chose to study creative subjects in art, textiles, graphic design and/ or performance based subjects such as Dance, Drama, Music or PE alongside facilitating subjects. The important thing is to get the balance right and every child is an individual with their personal strengths, needs and interests.

Please be assured that staff at King Edward VII will work closely with your child’s High School to ensure that they are fully informed about the options open to them.  Staff from King Edward VII will make some detailed presentations to Year 9 students and High School staff before the options forms are due in.

You can also make an appointment to speak to one of our staff at the High School parents’ evenings.    In addition, we are happy to respond to individual enquiries by telephone (01530 834925) or email: office@kinged.org.uk.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Options Evening and ultimately to a successful transition to King Edward VII.