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Year 8 Options Evening

Families are invited to a Year 8 Options Evening to discuss the new GCSE options process being implemented at CBA.

The aim of the new curriculum is for students to begin their Key Stage 4 courses in Year 9, affording them extra time to build up the required skill sets and to strive for better grades.

It also gives students the opportunity to expand the number of GCSE qualifications they take over the three-year period and it could even mean that some students start their AS Level studies earlier.

John Henrys, Vice Principal for Curriculum (pictured), said: "Here at CBA we are acutely aware of our responsibility to provide our students with an appropriate curriculum which will equip every individual learner with the skills and qualifications necessary to thrive after they leave school, whether their destination is college, university or the world of work.

"We firmly believe these changes are in the best interests of our students, giving greater flexibility in the way the Key Stage 4 courses are delivered, and as a result offering additional opportunities for students.

"The timing of this decision has been paramount as it is only now that we are able to respond to the various recommendations set out in the latest reports commissioned by the government.

"The changes we are proposing will allow all students to receive a broad and balanced Key Stage 4 provision, with time allowed for increased depth of study."

Year 8 students are currently receiving a programme of information, advice and guidance where the options process will be explained.

This support will be ongoing throughout the process, ensuring that all students choose a range of qualifications that suit their aspirations and abilities. 

In Term 5 students will receive a Key Stage 4 options booklet outlining the final choices available to them.

Prior to this, parents and carers are invited to a Year 8 Options Evening on Tuesday, April 5th, from 6pm to 7pm, when more detailed information about the process will be presented.

If you have answers questions contact Mr Henrys by emailing or by calling 01536 303120.