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As students enter the final phase of their Key Stage 3 studies, we are delighted to be able to offer information to support the hugely important decisions that those in Year 9 will soon take.

Making your Key Stage 4 option choices is an important time for all Year 9 students. Please take the time to review the information below to ensure informed choices are made.

On this page you will find resources to support your child in making their option choices for Key Stage 4, making option choices is an important time for all Year 9 students and we want to provide all students with the information they need to make informed choices.  

An ‘Options Booklet’ has been designed to explain the curriculum our students will follow over the next two years in Key Stage 4. The booklet describes the content, assessment and opportunities that underpins each of the ‘core’ and ‘optional’ subjects.  We have also produced a video for each subject which will be available with the options booklet to aid you in making the best possible decisions. 

A large part of the curriculum is compulsory for all students but there is also an element of choice which means that students can shape their own learning programme in KS4 according to their interests and future education and career aspirations. GCSE and vocational qualifications are available; the style of each of these courses is very different. Please spend some time reading this information to help you make the best choices.

At Chiswick School it is our belief that a safe, secure, challenging and stimulating curriculum, offering a broad and balanced selection of subjects for all students, is our key role. Our curriculum is one which promotes examination success and recognises personal achievement at all levels. We ensure we are up to date on all curriculum changes and strive hard to provide the most suitable curriculum for all our learners.

Please click on the expandable sections below for further information about Year 9 Options and the process.

Options Process - Letter & Presentation

Please click on the link below to read the Options letter sent to all Year 9s.

Year 9 Options Letter 2021

Please watch the video below for an introduction to the Options Process.

Options Booklet

Please click below on the image below to view the Year 9 Options Booklet 2021.

Options Booklet 2021 FINAL

Our Curriculum (including Subject videos)

We have designed our current curriculum to meet the aspirations and interest of all our students with a view to most students achieving at least nine approved qualifications, though some students may gain more and a few will study eight qualifications.

The core offer represents breadth and strength in academic achievement and allows students to gain the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc). However some students may study extra English (Personalised Learning) instead of a Language.

We believe that by following the Ebacc route all students have the opportunity to study a broad core of subjects, ensuring that doors are not closed off to them in terms of future progression, for example for students hoping to go to university. We are also giving students the opportunity to study at least two more subjects of their choice.

1) All students will follow a Core Programme which is made up of the subjects listed below.

Please click on the course names to view individual subject information videos.

2) Students will have two option choices to make from the list below.

Please click on the course names to view individual subject information videos.

GCSE Art and Design BTEC Performing Arts
GCSE Business Studies GCSE Physical Education
GCSE Citizenship GCSE Psychology
GCSE Computer Science GCSE Religious Studies
GCSE Geography GCSE Option Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics (Triple Science)
GCSE History GCSE Spanish
GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition Sport Science
GCSE Latin GCSE Three Dimensional Design
GCSE Music GCSE Textiles

Help your child to make the right choices

Please click below for information from the DfE on how to help your child to make the right choices - HERE

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