Options Process

Article 29 (Goals of education): Children’s education should develop each child’s personality, talents and abilities to the fullest.

We aim to offer a personalised curriculum for all our students so that it continues to be broad, balanced, progressive and relevant to students of all abilities

We offer Year 9 students a choice on their learning journeys for KS4 that provide challenge and aspiration. As part of this options selection process, Trafalgar School offers students a range of three pathways, based on their prior attainment and individual need. This ensures our higher attaining students select an EBacc pathway while students who would benefit from literacy and numeracy support can access this as one of their options. We believe these pathways allow our students to make the best choices to ensure they leave Trafalgar School with the skills they need to access future education, employment or training.

Year 9 Options pathways

In Years 10 and 11 students are provided with a range of pathways that are both challenging and aspirational. Personalised curriculum pathways have been suggested based on end of Year 11 targets as well as current performance data. We strongly encourage all students on both our pink and orange pathways to continue to study a language if they have done so in Year 9.

Curriculum Pathway

 

PINK

Our EBacc pathway which includes studying a foreign language.

CREAM

Our core pathway, suitable for the majority of students where a foreign langue is recommended.

ORANGE

Our literacy and numeracy pathway for students who would benefit from additional support in these areas.

 

 The Pink Pathway – This pathway is for students who are following the EBacc route. This pathway offers English Language, English Literature, Maths, Statistics, Combined Science, PSHE and Core PE, a choice of either Geography or History and a choice of either Spanish or French. Students in Set 1 Science or with end of Year 11 target grades of 5-9 should consider opting for Triple Science.

Students can then choose 3 subjects from the following; Geography, History, Spanish, French, Fine Art, Art Graphics, Textiles, Photography, 3D Art, Business Studies, Computer Science, Business Studies, Food Preparation, Film Studies, Health & Social Care, Interactive Media, Drama Acting, Drama Production, Dance, Music, GCSE PE, Sport Studies, Religious Studies, Sociology and Travel and Tourism.

The Cream Pathway – This pathway is for the majority of Trafalgar School students and offers English Language, English Literature, Maths (and statistics), Combined Science, PSHE and Core PE, a choice of either Geography or History. Students in Set 1 Science or with end of Year 11 target grades of 5-9 should consider opting for Triple Science. Students on the cream pathway would be strongly recommended to select French or Spanish as an options choice.

Students can then choose 3 subjects from the following; Geography, History, Spanish, French, Fine Art, Art Graphics, Textiles, Photography, 3D Art, Business Studies, Computer Science, Business Studies, Food Preparation, Film Studies, Health & Social Care, Interactive Media, Drama Acting, Drama Production, Dance, Music, GCSE PE, Sport Studies, Religious Studies, Sociology and Travel and Tourism.

The Orange Pathway – This pathway is for students who would benefit from additional literacy or numeracy and offers English, Maths, Combined Science, PSHE and Core PE as well as a choice of either Geography or History.

Students will receive additional literacy and numeracy intervention in place of one option choice and therefore can choose 2 subjects from; Geography, History, Spanish, French, Fine Art, Art Graphics, Textiles, Photography, 3D Art, Business Studies, Computer Science, Business Studies, Food Preparation, Film Studies, Health & Social Care, Interactive Media, Drama Acting, Drama Production, Dance, Music, GCSE PE, Sports Studies, Religious Studies, Sociology and Travel and Tourism.

Key Stage 3 curriculum offer

Throughout Years 7, 8 and 9 students follow a variety of subjects as specified by the National Curriculum. These should extend and challenge students as well as linking closely with what they have learnt in Key Stage 2. Students are taught using a variety of approaches explicitly linked to our Trust T&L Principles and it is our intention that this will motivate students to achieve their very best as well as preparing them for college and life beyond school.

Subject

Fortnightly Lesson allocation

English

10

Maths

9

Science

9

PE

4

MFL*

6

Art

2

DT

3

IT

2

Performing Arts

2

Geography

4

History

4

Music

2

E & P

2

PSHE

1

 

60

  *additional literacy/ numeracy.

Year 10 and 11 Curriculum Offer

In years 10 and 11 students follow a personal programme of study following the options process in year 9. The majority of students are strongly encouraged to take the EBAC but for the most vulnerable students a literacy and numeracy intervention is offered in place of a modern foreign language.

Subject

Fortnightly Lesson allocation

English

10

Maths

10

Science

10

PE

4

History OR Geography

6

Preference 1*

6

Preference 2*

6

Preference 3*

6

PSHE

2

 

60

 

*Additional numeracy and literacy will run these blocks for students on the orange pathway.  For students on the pink pathways, preference 1 will be a selection of French or Spanish.