Year 8 Options Process 2016

Our Options Evening for current Year 8 was held on Monday 11 January 2016 from 6.00pm – 7.30pm. Many thanks to parents, carers and students who attended, at over 90% of the year group. Please note the deadline for the return of Option Forms is Monday 1 February 2016.

A copy of the Options Booklet, issued at the Options evening can we viewed or downloaded by following the links below:

Our Curriculum

At Outwood Academy Bydales we have embraced the Personalising Learning agenda and feel very strongly that curriculum design and redesign has a major part to play in the meeting of students’ needs. We have tried to provide opportunities for ‘assessment when ready’ and choice, flexibility and progression are key elements of our curriculum offer. We see the curriculum as the building blocks on which good teaching and learning can take place.

We believe that learners achieve best when they enjoy and can see a purpose to their work. We strive to meet individual learning needs through a range of curriculum programmes at both key stages.

Older students have the opportunity to follow a wide variety of different curriculum pathways which lead on to college, university or into apprenticeships. Every student is given support to ensure that they make the right choice for both their ability and interests. We constantly review our curriculum to make sure it meets the current and future needs of our students and society.

KS3 (Years 7 & 8) key features

  • Broad range of subjects: English, Maths, Science, Design & Technology, Languages (French, German), Drama, Life Skills, Geography, History, Music, Religious Studies, Art, ICT, PE.
  • Students graduate into KS4 at the end of Year 8 provided that their effort has been satisfactory during KS3.
  • All students graduating from Year 8 are encouraged to take part in the Outward Bound residential which takes place at the start of Year 9.

KS4 (Year 9) – key features:

  • 15 periods per week for core subjects: English, Maths, Science, Design & Technology, PE, Religious Studies.
  • 10 periods per week for option subjects – 3 choices for 3 periods each plus 1 consolidation period
  • Options subjects designed to be two year courses
  • All students are entered for English, Maths and Science GCSEs at the end of Year 11.
  • Options in science include separate biology GCSE, chemistry GCSE and physics GCSE, core science GCSE, and additional science GCSE
  • Range of vocational courses on offer
  • Opportunities for students to have extra time for English and/or Maths in place of an option.

KS4 (Years 10 & 11) – key features:

  • 15 periods per week for core subjects: English, Maths, Science, Design & Technology, PE, Religious Studies/Citizenship
  • 10 periods per week for option subjects – 4 choices over two years with 5 periods total for each.
  • Options subjects designed to be two year courses
  • All students are entered for English, Maths and Science GCSEs at the end of Year 11.
  • Options in science include separate biology GCSE, chemistry GCSE and physics GCSE, core science GCSE, and additional science GCSE
  • Range of vocational courses on offer
  • Opportunities for students to have extra ‘booster’ time for English and/or Maths in place of an option
  • Legacy curriculum