An important stage in the educational journey of your son/daughter is approaching, in regard to the qualification routes that they will follow as they complete their academic studies at the school. The curriculum model at The Kibworth School is designed to be engaging and enriching, allowing students access to learning and qualifications that will support them academically, and enhance their own personal development.
Our mission at The Kibworth School is to ensure that all students have the opportunity to follow a curriculum pathway that allows their successful progression into further education, higher education or the world of work.
Our current Year 9 students began their chosen GCSE option subjects during the summer term, which has allowed them to make a positive and successful start to the GCSEs that they selected. Due to the success of this model, we will be repeating the same options process with our current Year 8 students when they move into Year 9.
To ensure that our curriculum fully equips our students for their individual career pathways, students in Year 8 will be required to complete at least one language GCSE as they progress through the school, starting in August 2018. Students will have the ability to select between GCSE French, GCSE Spanish or taking both subjects. If a student decides to take both languages as GCSE subjects, they will be required to complete two additional hours of study after school each week, supported by teachers in our language Department. Any student who requires an individualised curriculum, based on individual needs, will be allocated an alternative curriculum instead of completing a language GCSE pathway. This will be discussed with students and their parent/carer, if deemed most suitable.
Students have been spoken to during their French and Spanish lessons regarding the GCSE languages they may choose from. They have also taken part in an assembly this week, where the options process has been outlined and further information shared.
All Year 8 students have received a Languages Options Form, which will need to be completed and returned to the school by Wednesday 4th July 2018. A copy of the form is attached, which needs to be returned to their tutor, or reception, by this deadline. A copy of the languages GCSE curriculum overview is available on our school website, under Subjects > TKS Curriculum > TKS – Curriculum Overview.
An outline of the options process for current Year 8 students is shown below:
- W/C Monday 25th June 2018 – Year 8 assembly regarding GCSE Language Options.
- Wednesday 4th July 2018 – Deadline for students to return their GCSE Languages Option Form.
- 31st August 2018 – Students start their GCSE Language Course(s).
- Thursday 8th November 2018 – Year 9 Options Fayre.
- W/C Monday 19th November 2018 – Year 9 Options Taster Lessons.
- Friday 7th December 2018 – Deadline for Year 9 GCSE Options Form to be returned.
- Monday 29th April 2019 – Year 9 start their GCSE Option Subjects.
During the Autumn term all students will receive a Year 9 Options Booklet, which contains information for each of the subject choices currently available to them, including examination boards and specifications studied, the makeup of the qualification in terms of assessment, and additional guidance to allow informed decisions to be made. Copies of the 2017/18 Options Booklet can be found on the school website, which although may change slightly, will allow you to start thinking about which option pathways your child may take.
This is an exciting time at the school, and we look forward to Year 9 students beginning the next stage in their educational journey at The Kibworth School.
If you have any queries about this process then please do not hesitate to contact me, either by phone on 0116 279 2238 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr Mark Robertson
Senior Assistant Headteacher