Presentation for the January 2017 Year 9-into-10 information evening (Mr Simon Amura)
Presentation on English subject options at IGCSE (Miss Abigail Bartholomew)
Year 9 is the final year of Key Stage 3 of the English National Curriculum. Years 10 and 11 comprise Key Stage 4, during which students at BSK study for at least eight GCSE or IGCSE qualifications, all of which are examined at the end of Year 11.
Kuwaiti Muslim students must also study Government Arabic and Islamic Studies courses, again examined at the end of Year 11. Non-Kuwaiti, non-Muslim students must study for at least ten GCSE or IGCSE subjects, the maximum number being thirteen. Students choose Year 10 and 11 subjects from an option block form.
Students will receive guidance from their Department Coordinator who will deliver an assembly about Year 10 options. This will take place prior to the information evening. In addition to this, students will have the opportunity to discuss any issues or queries they may have about options in their interviews; interviews will be conducted by a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
At the beginning of Term 3, with the release of the provisional GCSE/IGCSE option block form for the following academic year, students and their parents are able to further refine their option choices.
At an information meeting held in January, the Upper Department Coordinator will deliver a presentation detailing the successful transition into Year 10. Subject Coordinators will also be on hand to give detailed information on curriculum content and the selection of courses suited to specific career intentions. Existing Year 10 and 11 students will also be on hand to provide student perspectives.
Later in Term 3, options interviews with senior managers are held with students during the school day. Parents may also wish to attend these interviews. In most cases, students will now be able to commit to definite Year 10/11 subject options that meet their future needs.
In the few cases where some options are still uncertain, the Upper Department Coordinator will later liaise directly with the student and/or their parents in order to finalise the option choices.
Late changes to subject choices will only be permitted by the Upper Department Coordinator if there is space in the target classes and if the student will not experience unmanageable curriculum mismatch. Option changes may not be allowed once the new academic year has begun.
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