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Year 9 Guided Choices

Work is underway within school to help students make the right decisions for them in terms of their programme of study for Key Stage 4. These decisions are important because their success in public examinations not only affects future decisions for their Sixth Form choices, but for University and/or employment. Ultimately life choices and chances are significantly influenced by educational attainment and we all want our young people to have the best of both of these.

LPGS now offers students a wide range of subjects, knowing that they are likely to do better in subjects they enjoy. We are also providing clear guidance to students about their chances of getting Grade 4 and above in the subjects they might like to take.

The English Baccalaureate (EBACC) is one of the Government’s key measures for success at GCSE. It will be achieved by those students who gain a 4 and above in the combination of English, Mathematics, Science, History or Geography, and a language. This combination is available to the vast majority of students. Achieving the EBACC may positively affect offers of university places in the future. It signals that a student has been successful in the areas of a range of academic subjects.

In addition to this, we are offering a range of creative, vocational and work related learning opportunities, recognising that a broad and balanced curriculum with a variety of assessment methods is of benefit. Vocational qualifications are assessed both by external examinations and continuous assessment. This is of help in reducing the number of examinations students have to sit at the end of Year 11. This is of particular benefit to those students who find that examinations do not necessarily capture their true ability, or those who are very anxious.

The way in which our Choices are now organised means that students will be able to take 8 or 9 subjects. Students will be able to choose up to 4 subjects which they will study alongside the compulsory courses. In addition to this they will, of course, continue to have lessons in Physical Education as a non-examined subject.

The school reserves the right to exercise its professional judgement when coming to a final decision as to which subjects are to be studied. We endeavour to provide all students with their first choice subjects, however every year, in every school, there are a small number of combinations of subjects that cannot be accommodated.

We look forward to seeing you at the Guided Choices Event on Thursday 3rd February 2022 at 6pm.


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