Information

GCSEs

These pages give you all the information you need about the courses we intend to follow in Years 9 to 11.

Some of these courses are compulsory and are known as ‘core’ subjects, the ones which a student can choose to study are called ‘option’ subjects.

Core Subjects

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • A Modern Foreign Language (MFL); French or Spanish
  • Science (Double or Triple Award)

Our more able mathematicians will sit an Additional Maths qualification. In addition, students in Years 7 to 11 will have Games and PSHE lessons within their timetable. Students who do not select GCSE Physical Education will continue with Games only in Years 10 and 11.

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Option Subjects

Studied over 2 years, Years 10 and 11

After the Core Subjects, each pupil will make three option choices and a reserve choice.

  • A further MFL – French or Spanish
  • Art and Design
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Physical Education and Sport
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies

Where possible, we will also offer the opportunity for pupils to take a GCSE in their mother tongue where English is not their first language.

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Recent Reforms

A numerical grading system of 9 – 1 has replaced the previous system of A* to G, with 9 as the highest achievable grade and 1 as the lowest.

Grade 5 is considered as a ‘good pass’, with performance tables focusing on students achieving grades 9 – 5. This new grading system makes it harder for students to achieve a good pass or higher. The aim of the new grading system is to reveal differences between students at the top end of the spectrum, A* and A being replaced with three grades: 9, 8 and 7. Only approximately 3% of students are awarded a 9.

Selecting Options

Crosfields aims to provide students with a broad and balanced curriculum. They will also focus on developing a breadth of ICT skills to enhance their learning across the curriculum.

In the autumn term of Year 9, there will be an Options Workshop which is an opportunity to talk to subject teachers to understand the course requirements in further detail and ask any questions. This will be followed by a full school report to give a clear picture of each student’s current progress and ability.

In the spring term of Year 9, we will hold a Parent and Student evening so that you may speak to staff before making a final decision by the end of that term.

Throughout Year 9, Mr. Ebbage and Mrs. O’Leary will be available to meet with you to discuss options and your child’s academic profile.

Helpful Hints for Making your Decision

Choosing the subjects you want to study for GCSE is an important decision that takes time and careful consideration. A good starting point is thinking about the subjects that you enjoy and are good at as well as thinking about any qualifications that are needed for any specific careers you are interested in.

DOS AND DON’TS

  • DO read all of this information with your child
  • DO talk to a range of people for advice
  • DO opt for a balanced choice of subjects that keeps their options open for further study and career
  • DO choose subjects they enjoy
  • DON’T choose a subject because your child likes the teacher
  • DON’T choose a subject because your child’s friends are choosing it

Useful Contacts

Mr Ebbage
Deputy Head Academic

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Mrs O’Leary
Director of Studies

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Mrs Turner
Head of Learning Empowerment

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