Key Stage 4 Options
Upper School is a very exciting time for our students - you are able to make some choices about what you want to learn and select some of your lessons. At Lampard Community School we offer a wide range of subjects, so we know there will be something to interest you all!
Our KS4 Options curriculum allows students to make choices about which subjects they want to study in Year 10 and 11. Students have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills, and to experience a range of chosen subject areas. Students work towards accreditation within a broad range of academic, creative and vocational subjects. Students will be supported to pick subjects that are linked to their interests, skills and aspirations for the future. Credit from these subjects is used to gain accreditation from either WJEC, NCFE or AQA examining boards, depending on the subjects chosen.
Students are only required to commit to optional subjects for one year at a time. If they study a subject in Year 10, they can continue with it in Year 11 or choose something different.
We are currently offering students 4 optional subjects: 2 double (2 x lessons per week) and 2 single (1 x lesson per week). Further information about these can be found on the presentation on this page.
Choosing options can be tricky for some students but there is lots of support available to help them with their choices.
The KS4 Options event in March is designed to give students and their families the information they need about each subject. Teachers, aided by current Upper School students, run stalls for each subject and display some of the work they have produced. They are there to answer your questions. Ms Winter gives a presentation at this event to talk through how the options work and we also have representatives from CSW Group and the local Further Education colleges to answer questions, too.
However, this year is going to look at little different. We are not able to invite you all into school as we would usually do. The KS4 Options event for 2021 will be done virtually and the videos of each subject will be live on our website from the Monday 15th March 2021. After this there will be opportunities to book a phone call or a Teams meeting with Ms. Winter to discuss this further.
Who can help?
Ms Winter is the Assistant Head for Upper School and also the Careers Leader. During your 1:1 Preparation for Adulthood meetings we will talk about careers aspirations and what subjects can help you with these. You can book extra time to talk to her if you need to. There will also be a Year 9 assembly to talk about options.
Ahead of the KS4 Options event our CSW Careers Development Consultant Sarah Lock talks to Year 9 and 10 students and can offer further support to students and their families.
The Year 9 Tutors also work to support you through this in school. They will help you to identify what skills and interests you have and to think about which subjects will help you towards your career aspirations. If you want to talk through subjects with Upper School teachers or students, your tutor can arrange this for you.
If your family is unable to access the website to see the options choices, we have options booklets available. These can be requested through the school office (a letter goes home to tell families about this).
Once you have had a good look at the options available, spoken to adults in school and with your family, and attended the Virtual Options Event from March 15th - it is time to make your choices!
Think about subjects that you are interested in. Subjects that you enjoy. Subjects that are linked to jobs you would like to do.
The presentation video will explain how to tell us your choices. You can download a form from this page (or request one from the office). Please return it to school by the Friday 26th March 2021.