Options

The Key Stage 4 curriculum model offered for this year incorporates the bestaspects learnt from previous years and reflects further modifications andimprovements which we believe will result in dynamic challenging courses tomeet the needs and aspirations of all pupils.

The options process is explained to Year 9 pupils in assembly in January.

Pupils are given careers information, advice and guidance to help themmake an informed decision about the right options for them.The Options Form can be found at the back of the booklet (under Downloads).

New GCSEs

New GCSEs in English Language, English Literature and Maths commenced in England from September 2015. September 2016 and 2017 saw the introduction of new GCSEs in other subject areas.

These new GCSEs will be graded 1 to 9, with 9 being the top grade. Below is a diagram produced by Ofqual indicating how the grading scale compares with the legacy GCSEs using the A*-G grading system.

New GCSE Grading

In September 2021, the vast majority of subjects taught at Broughton will be the 9-1 GCSE specifications. However, technical awards will deliver Level 1/2 Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction* awards.

In short, this means your son/daughter’s progress reports over the next two years and final GCSE/Technical Award grades published in August 2023 could be a mixture of grading systems.