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Year 9 Options for Year 10 GCSE

At Castle Newnham we understand the importance of the right curriculum and the right subject
choices. The next two years of study (Year 10 and Year 11), will be vital in ensuring that
aspirations can be met and doors to careers and further study can be open to all. We are fully
committed to excellence in teaching with strong subject specialism and outstanding pastoral
and study support. Years 10 and 11 will build on all of the knowledge and skills pupils already
have. This will be a time of hard work and great opportunity to develop academically,
creatively, physically and emotionally and all of the staff here are committed to helping our
pupils achieve in all of these areas of school life.

GCSE options timeline and supporting activities

Y9 Parent phone calls November 26th 2020
Year 9 pupils have the opportunity to discuss their options with a member of the Senior Leadership Team January 2021
Options preference forms to be handed in by Friday 19th March 2021
Option confirmations sent out with end of year reports in July 2021

All our pupils will study:

English and English Literature
Maths
Combined Science
French
History or Geography
Core Physical education (PE)
Core Religious studies (RS) and core Personal development (PD)

Pupils will then be able to choose either:
History Geography
In addition to the core curriculum pupils choose 1 option from A and 1 option from B:
Option A

Art and Design

Classical civilisation

Design Technology

Drama

Film Studies

Geography

Hospitality and Catering

GCSE Physical Education

Triple Science*

 

Option B

Art and Design

Dance

Design Technology

German

Music

Music Performance and Technology

Hospitality and Catering

GCSE Physical Education

Religious Studies

Triple Science*

* Triple Science will enable pupils to study Physics, Chemistry and Biology as separate subjects and will include the time already allocated to Combined Science on the timetable.

Options Form

Once you have decided on your option choices, please click here to be directed to a Google Form to submit your choices to the school by Friday 19th March 2021.

Option Subjects

To view detailed information please click here or more detailed specifications can be found on the school website under each subject heading within the secondary curriculum section.

Click on the links below to view short videos/downloads of a particular subject:

Art & Design

Classical Civilisation

Dance

Design Technology

Drama

Film Studies

Geography

German

History

Hospitality & Catering

Music

PE

Religious Studies

Science Options

There is also a description of the way GCSEs are now graded 9-1 instead of A*-G.  To learn more about the new GCSE grading structure and key information, please click here.