Y9 Options List

The next two years of Educational Provision at St. John Fisher are very important for your future. Your curriculum booklet outlines the courses and opportunities we have planned for you. This is the beginning.

Your choice of subjects must be made with great care and advice and with an understanding that you will be spending many hours working on these subjects in class and studying them privately throughout the course. Take your time deciding.

As you will be aware, the school has a history of producing excellent results at G.C.S.E. level. The partnership between home and school is a key to success in the G.C.S.E. examinations. Parental vigilance and support are important during years 10 and 11. The priority for the pupil must be his/her study. There must be a balance between social life and quality study time. Excellent attendance and punctuality play a vital part when preparing for exams.

As the pupils embark on their G.C.S.E. and other courses we wish them every success and guarantee our support and guidance to enable them to achieve their best and take advantage of every opportunity to enrich their education at St. John Fisher

This booklet has been written to help you and your parents discuss the next two years of your education. In years 10 and 11 you will follow core subjects taken by everyone in your year group and three enhancement subjects.

It is very important to make the right choice. You will get help from a number of people – Head of Year, subject teachers, careers teachers and your parents – to name but a few!

The following questions could be a useful starting point when thinking about your choices.

WHICH SUBJECTS DO I LIKE?
You will probably try harder and enjoy the subjects you like.

WHICH SUBJECTS AM I BEST AT?
You may stand a better chance of achieving good results and exam successes in these subjects.

WHICH SUBJECTS DO I NEED?
Have you any idea of a possible career? If so, you may need certain subjects as qualifications. If you are unsure, ask Mrs. McMiken (Co-ordinator of Work-Related Learning) or the school’s Careers Officer, for help. If you have no career in mind at present, keep your future options open by choosing a broad range of subjects. For example, a humanities subject (History or Geography), a language (French or Spanish) and any other two subjects would give you a broad range of subjects.

WHAT QUALIFICATION WILL I GAIN?
All courses will lead to a qualification.

CAN I CHOOSE THE SAME SUBJECTS AS MY FRIENDS?
You can, but NOT because your friend is choosing the subject. Remember, you will be studying each subject for two years!

For Curriculum Queries – Contact Mrs K Donlon

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