Year 8 Subject Pathways 2019

The Year 8 Pathways Subject Fair Parents’ Evening
Thursday, 14th March – 4pm until 7pm.

We strongly advise Year 8 students and their parents to attend this very important evening as part of the Pathways process. There will be an opportunity to meet with subject tutors and leaders to gain subject specific information on course content to help with these important decisions. Information gained from this event will assist when making final preferred subject choices for Key Stage 4 GCSE and BTEC study from September.

We are aware that some of you may have already booked in a meeting time with your child’s form tutor, but this meeting time is no longer needed. All subject teachers and tutors will be available for you to discuss the Pathways process and gain more information about KS4 studies throughout the evening.

Please bring your child and their Pathways Booklet along with you.

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Welcome to the 2019 Subject Pathways Process for Year 8 students to choose the subjects they would like to continue from September in Year 9. This is an exciting but very important new chapter in their school life as our students progress into GCSE and BTEC.

At Clacton County High School students make their pathway choices during Year 8 for study from Year 9 onwards.
We believe that is essential to ensure students can maximise the time they spend studying the subjects they will sit at the end of Year 10 and Year 11, and recent results reinforce this. However, it is essential that all students make the right choice.

Students will need to choose subjects that they are good at and enjoy in order to open up future career choices. It is therefore important that these choices are considered carefully and we would encourage discussions at home alongside the advice provided in school before making decisions. Once those decisions are made it will be hard to change them later on.
Year 8 Options - Key Dates

Year 8 students have been provided with a pathways booklet, well in advance of the Subject Fair in March. This details the options process and provides information about each of the subjects that may be chosen along with the suite of Core Subjects.

We encourage you to have a good look at the booklet and peruse the information contained. Each pathways pack is specific to each individual student and provides information about subject options. Our advice to you, as parents and carers, is for an open discussion at home with your child about all of the possible subject choices, what they entail and whether they would provide the most successful pathway.

The assessment report which will be sent to parents in early March, is provided to support discussions at home and to help make appropriate decisions.

At the Year 8 Form Tutor Evening and Pathways Subject Fair on the 14th March there will be an opportunity for students and parents to meet with subject staff to gain further information. This important evening will also provide the opportunity to have detailed discussions with subject areas in order to help in the decision-making process.

During the evening we ask that students, with their parents, sit down with their Form Tutor to discuss how their subject choices would fit with any career ideas or ambitions that they may have.

Students will then make selection of their preferred pathway choices which will be completed with the support of their Form Tutor.

There are occasionally situations where it is necessary to make a number of changes to the curriculum at very short notice.  Where this happens the School reserves the right to alter the curriculum at any stage in Key Stage 4 to reflect these national changes.  In this situation parents would always be consulted where this is necessary.

If parents require further help or clarification on any of the subject choices then please feel free to contact your son or daughter’s Form Tutor, or alternatively the Subject Leader as detailed in the Pathways booklet. For more general enquiries, concerning the pathways process, please contact one of our academic Key Workers in the Pastoral Hub on the usual school number – 424266.

NB. Replacement Pathways Booklets are available on request from the school reception or download a copy below:

Year 8 into 9 - Pathways Booklet 2019