Year 8 Subject Pathways 2021
Welcome to the 2021 Subject Pathways Process for Year 8 students to choose the subjects they would like to continue to study from next academic year. 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.
Year 8 Options - Key DatesWe understand that the last two years have been unlike any other time. As a result, students have missed time within school and the opportunity to develop a passion for some of the specialist subjects offered at CCHS. Because of this, we have decided to adapt the pathways selection process to enable you to experience a broad range of subjects before making firm GCSE/BTEC subject choices.
The aim is for all students to start year 9 following the core subjects of English, Maths, Science and PE or Dance. In addition, you will study an additional six subjects, rather than the normal three based on your suggested pathway and choices. In February 2022, the six subjects will be reduced to three.
In preparation for embarking on this three-year programme of learning at the start of year 9, it is important that you think carefully. You should talk to your parents/carers and listen to advice in school before making decisions. Once those decisions are made, it may not be possible to make any changes at a later date. We have designed the curriculum so that no choice you make is likely to reduce your chances of entering any career. You will also get some additional guidance at the Pathways Evening, to help you make your choices and complete your Pathways form.
Year 8 students have been provided with a pathways booklet, well in advance of the Virtual Pathways Evening on Wednesday 26th May. 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 before the Pathways Evening, is provided to support discussions at home and to help make appropriate decisions.
During the Year 8 Virtual Pathways Evening on the 26th May there will be an opportunity for students and parents to attend virtual subject forums to gain further information if help is needed with decision making.
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 - See Resources