Welcome to the Key Stage 4 Options Guide
As a Year 9 student, you are part way through your journey with us at The Garibaldi School. In the coming weeks and months you will be selecting and finalising your options choices for study at Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11). This will represent the first time in your education where you have a choice about what you will study in the future.
Choices like this are exciting opportunities, but they can also be daunting. We want to support you to ensure you make the best possible choices based on information, advice and guidance. These choices will be a key step towards achieving the amazing outcomes that will help ensure you have the successful and happy adult life we want for you all.
The process of making your options choices is not always straightforward or easy and may include having to make difficult decisions. However there are good reasons and less good reasons for making your choices.
We would encourage you to think about how you are currently performing in that subject and how much you enjoy it now. It is also important to think about your future career plans even if these are not fully formed. Not continuing with a subject at GCSE is not going to completely close any doors, but it might make getting there a little harder; for this reason you need to do your research.
Reasons we would discourage would be being influenced by the choices of your peers, disregarding subjects because of gender stereotypes or choosing it because you like your current teacher.
Set out in this guide are the wide range of courses that we offer for study in Year 10 and 11, and some clarification on the difference between GCSE, BTEC and Cambridge National qualifications. Please take the time to familiarise yourself with these.
Good luck in working through the process and please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any specific questions.
Year 9 Options Event – Tuesday 2nd February 2021
The guide below contains detailed information about each of the subjects available, along with a video from the subject’s lead teacher. Click on the icons of each subject to view the full description.
Optional GCSE and Vocational Courses
Art and Design (BTEC)
Child Development (Cambridge National)
Creative iMedia (Cambridge National)
Design and Technology (GCSE)
Enterprise and Marketing (Cambridge National)
Hospitality and Catering (Level 2 Award)
Performing Arts (BTEC)
Sports Studies (Cambridge National)
The form will be available to complete and submit with your option choices on Tuesday 2nd February 2021 from 6.00pm.
- GCSE Pod Competition
Congratulations to our winners (Whole School - 09/06/2021)
- The Garibaldi 30 PE challenge
PE Department (Whole School - 29/04/2021)
- Regional Winners and onto the Grand Finals!
GCSE Pod Games (Whole School - 16/04/2021)
- Non-uniform day
Supporting Comic Relief (Whole School - 26/03/2021)
- Young Minds Charity
Message from YoungMinds Charity - funds raised by the school in March 2020 (Whole School - 27/01/2021)