Welcome to Year 8

Choosing Options

The selection of courses at Key Stage 4 is one of the key moments in your secondary education. All Kirk Hallam Academy pupils follow a three-year Key Stage 4 programme, starting in Year 9. This provides the best opportunity for you to achieve your full potential and secure success by the end of Year 11.

Selecting the right courses in not always a straightforward decision. Making choices at this earlier stage becomes more difficult because of limited experience of different subjects. However, we aim to ensure that the information and guidance provided will alleviate some of these issues. It is important that you understand you own strengths and weaknesses so that you can optimise your chances of success. Equally, we trust that you will select courses in which you have a real interest.

It is important that you listen to the advice of teachers, parents, and friends but ultimately you must arrive at your own decision and accept the responsibility of giving your best efforts to achieve success. You should avoid making a decision based upon poor information. Responding to pressure from others or doing the same as a friend is not recommended (even if your friend has picked the same courses, you may well be in different teaching groups).

Please read the information in this brochure, together with the Year 8 Progress Check data and conversations with teachers before making these choices. Students will have a number of week having received this booklet to think about their choices and have one-to-one interviews with their form tutors. Pupils will then make an initial choice of six before February half term. At Parents Evening (Wednesday 6th March), parents will have an opportunity to ask questions of subject teachers as to the appropriateness of option choices. Finally at the Options Evening (Wednesday 13th March) pupils and parents will have one last opportunity to speak to option subject teachers and make a final decision as to the option choices they would like to make.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school

To view Options Booklet click here

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