Bingley Grammar School

Year 8 Options Evening

We are holding a Key Stage 4 (GCSE) Options Evening on Thursday 18th May for Year 8 students and their parents/carers.

As you may be aware, recently there have been a large number of changes in education. The Government has introduced a new grading structure with the old A* - G grades being replaced by grades 9 – 1. The new benchmark, grade 5 (strong pass) will be more difficult to achieve than the previous C grade.

In light of these national changes, we have decided, along with many other schools to introduce our Key Stage 4 programme of study (Options) from the start of Year 9.

To ensure that we support pupils to achieve the new benchmark we will be giving more curriculum time to the core curriculum (e.g. English language, English literature, Maths, Science, Geography and/or History and where already studied; a Foreign Language). Pupils will also take part in PE and PHSCE lessons.

Starting the Key Stage 4 Programme of Study at the beginning of Year 9 enables the school to dedicate more teaching time to examination subjects listed above, as well as allowing pupils to choose two further specialist subjects.

Therefore, we would like to invite you to the Key Stage 4 Options Evening on Thursday 18 th May 2017, where we will explain the changes and opportunities in more detail.

As this is during the exam season the main hall will be set up for exams and will not be available hence we will be holding the presentation in G8/9 where space is more limited. We are therefore asking parents to attend a specific presentation according to the house of their son/daughter/ward:-

Milner 5.40pm   Oldfield 6.00pm   Sunderland 6.20pm   Wooller 6.40pm

There will also be and extra presentation at 7.00pm for those that missed it. If these timings cause you a problem please get in touch with the school.

Staff will also be available along the B/G corridor to talk in more detail about the courses available and an options brochure will be available on the school website after the event. Our aim is to ensure that all students gain the best qualifications and thus enable them to gain entry into our Sixth Form, further education or to prepare them for the world of work.

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