Following their choices at the end of Year 8, students begin Year 9 completing the GCSE and BTEC qualifications they have selected, alongside a core curriculum based around the EBacc. As students progress towards Year 11, the focus moves increasingly from knowledge to the skills of assessment and evaluation which enable students to access the new, more challenging GCSE assessments. Students complete the content of the GCSE courses started in Year 7, and as Year 11 approaches, the focus on higher order thinking skills and preparation for final exams become increasingly significant.
Students are supported in all years through 'The Knowledge' booklets which guide students through what they need to know in order to be prepared for exams. In addition to this, resources are made available on our Moodle Virtual Learning Environment, and study facilities are available every day alongside extra teaching sessions made available to students in Years 10 and 11.
Aiming High, Achieving Excellence
Hertswood students have achieved a great deal in recent years. Current year 13 students have been offered places at:
- London School of Economics
- Imperial College London
- University College London
These are the top 5 universities in the UK and for the first time three students have been offered places to study medicine and dentistry. All this is a result of the opportunities these students have taken since they started at Hertswood in year 7, the choices they made at the different stages of their education and hard work.
Making Choices in Year 8
Year 8 choices are one of the most important stages on the path to success in whichever field you hope to excel in the future.
Grade 5 is now a 'good pass' at GCSE. Gaining a grade 5 in maths, English and as many other subjects as possible will ensure that students have access to the widest range of choices possible at age 16 and beyond. Students wanting to continue to the top universities and apprenticeships will need to focus on gaining the higher grades.
Students at Hertswood like those in schools across England will be following courses leading to the English Baccalaureate. This includes the following subjects:
- Geography or History
- Modern Foreign Languages
At Hertswood we are committed to ensuring that students leave school with the same qualifications at the same standards that students from other schools have. This means that the life chances of Hertswood students are at least as good if not better than other students.
The range of choices available in our curriculum remains broad. As well as the core subjects, students will be able to follow BTEC (vocational) and GCSE courses. There are opportunities in the visual and performing arts, design technology and a variety of new subjects like business and psychology. Whichever direction you would like to take in future there are appropriate subjects for you, if you are not sure which is right for you please ask.
All students will study the core subjects of English (Literature and Language), Mathematics, Double or Triple Science and Core PE. In addition to this you will have some decisions to make:
- French or Spanish (based on what you have studied in years 7 and 8)
- Geography or History (based on your achievement in years 7 and 8 in these subjects)
- Citizenship, Health and Social Care or Philosophy, Religion and Ethics
- 2 choices from the following:
- Product Design
- Business Studies
- Food Technology
- Sports Studies
Year 9 choices is a very important process. We hope that you will find all the information you need in this booklet and on the choices evening. If you have any further questions relating to career choices, academic expectations for sixth form or university or special needs provision please feel free to contact any of the following members of staff:
- David O'Brien (Head of Year 8)
- Carey McFerran (Head of Sixth Form)
- Beatrice Adamson (Head of Inclusion)
Curriculum structure for Years 9-11 from September 2016.
||Additional Science, Triple Science
||Citizenship, Philosophy and Ethics, Health and Social Care (BTEC)
||Art / Product Design / Textiles, Business Studies (BTEC), Dance, Drama, Food Technology, Geography, History, ICT (BTEC), Music, Photography, Psychology, Sociology, Sports Studies
Curriculum structure for Years 9-11 from September 2015.
||6, 7, 8
||Choose one of: Geography, History, French, Spanish, Computer Science
||Choose three of: Art, Business Studies, Computer Science / ICT, Dance, Drama
If you would like to know more about our curriculum, please contact the school office and ask for the Deputy Headteacher for Curriculum.