Key Stage 4 Options
The Academy has a mission summary statement:
"Aiming High" to achieve "Excellence for All" in "A World Class Academy"
Our mission summary statement indicates what the Academy would like to achieve. “We want the Academy staff and students to have high expectations: to aim high. Gifted students will be stretched; all students will be motivated by the choice of vocational and academic subjects on offer.”
One of the key elements of this mission is the curriculum offer at Key Stage 4. Our Academy has two excellent campuses; a large campus in Sleaford and a smaller campus in Ruskington. Both campuses will offer the same core Curriculum. However, we are committed to ensuring that students have a personalized curriculum – one which fits their individual interests and needs. If any student finds that his/her courses of choice are only available at the other campus, it is possible to apply to attend that campus during Y10 and Y11. We cannot guarantee that such an application would be successful, but we would hope to find places for the majority of such applicants, assuming there is room on the courses they have chosen.
At St George’s we recognise the importance of adaptability and flexibility. We need to be innovative, while ensuring that the key basic skills are strong and can be transferred into a variety of contexts, so that our young people will be able to adapt to the challenges to be faced in a changing world. We aim to lead the way in curriculum innovation and learning.
The government has put an extra emphasis on performance in more traditional subjects, so students who gain GCSEs in English, Maths, Science, Humanities (Geography or History) and Foreign Languages (French, German or Spanish for most of our students) will find that their qualifications are highly prized in many circles.
This does not mean that other subjects will not be as highly valued. Anyone who has tried to secure the services of a skilled worker recently will realise that there is a real shortage in some areas. So-called ‘vocational’ qualifications are recognised by many as just as valuable as more traditional ‘academic’ courses and many provide access routes into further and higher education.
Now is the time for students to decide, with guidance from parents and the Academy, what subjects they will be studying in Years 10 and 11, leading to external examinations.
In Years 7, 8 and 9 the timetable has been made up of compulsory subjects. There has been no choice available, as we have aimed to give students a broad and balanced curriculum.
A few words of advice as you consider your options:
- Whatever courses you choose, the key is SUCCESS. Choose subjects you enjoy and subjects you can succeed in. We want students to be successful in school to give them the best chance of being successful in life.
- If your teachers say you are capable of making good progress in a Humanities subject (Geography or History) and a Foreign Language, you really should continue with at least two subjects of that type.
- If you wish to study Academic Level 3 courses in the Sixth Form you need to achieve 5 GCSE’s at grade 5 or above with at least a 4 in GCSE Maths and English Language.
- If your strengths are elsewhere and your teachers suggest making progress will be difficult in a certain subject, pick something else you enjoy and will succeed in.
- To help students avoid making inappropriate choices we have included restrictions on certain courses, which we know to be particularly challenging without having the necessary mathematical and scientific abilities.
- Some students are more suited to the portfolio and terminal examination style of assessment of the vocational subjects and choose mostly vocational courses. Others actually prefer to work towards a terminal examination only and choose no vocational courses. Many, however, will choose a mixture of the two, to maintain a balanced curriculum and to keep their options for the future open.
- There are Curriculum Evenings at the Ruskington and Sleaford campuses. You really must come along to one of those to find out more about the process and the courses on offer.
Below are PDF versions of the Introduction Booklet for Students and the Subject information for both Ruskington and Sleaford.
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