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GCSE - Introduction

Here we intend to 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, which a pupil can choose to study are called ‘option’ subjects.

Core Subjects

(Studied over 3 years from Year 9 to Year 11)

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • A MFL (French or Spanish)
  • Religious Studies (Examination takenat the end of Year 10)
  • Science (Double or Triple Award)

Our more able mathematicians will sit an Additional Maths qualification. In addition, students will study Physical Education and PSHE lessons within their timetable.

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.

The Options are:

  • A further MFL – French, Spanish
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Design Technology
  • Drama
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • PE

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.

Recent Reforms

The way in which iGCSE’s and GCSE’s have changed from before. 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 pupils to achieve a good pass or higher. The aim of the new grading system is to reveal differences between pupils at the top end of the spectrum, A* and A being replaced with three grades: 9, 8 and 7. Only approximately 3% of pupils are awarded a 9.

Selecting Options

Crosfields continues to aim to provide pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum. In Years 7 and 8, the pupils follow the two year ISEB Common Entrance Syllabus. The students also focus on developing a breadth of ICT skills to enhance their learning across the curriculum.

During Year 9, the students begin their GCSEs in the core subjects and continue to study a full breadth of subjects, giving them the opportunity to develop their interests and skills; considering their strengths before making their GCSE option choices.

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 pupil’s current progress and ability.

In the spring term of Year 9, we will have a Parent and Pupil Evening for you to speak to staff before making your final decision at the end of the spring term.

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

Helpful hints for marking 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.

Do's and Dont's:

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

Useful Contacts

Deputy Head Academic:

Mrs Bennett – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Director of Studies:

Mrs O’Leary – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Head of Learning Empowerment:

Mrs Turner – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact Us

  • Crosfields School
  • Shinfield Road
  • Reading, Berkshire
  • RG2 9BL
  • Main Office: 0118 9871810
  • Bursar's Office: 0118 9862535
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