At Teddington School we are committed to providing a curriculum that is broad, balanced and designed specifically to meet the needs of all students. It is neither desirable, nor essential, for future career ambitions to over-specialise in specific subject areas at an early age. Consequently, we have developed an option system that offers students the right balance between breadth and specialism.


Key Stage 3 - Years 7, 8 and 9

In Years 7, 8 and 9 students complete a three-year foundation course which provides a wide and varied range of study. The current Year 9 curriculum (the last year of Key Stage 3) covers 15 subjects which students need to reduce in Year 10, to enable their Key Stage 4 subjects to be studied in sufficient depth and ensure they are optimally prepared for post-16 and post-18 education


Key Stage 4 - Years 10 and 11

The Department for Education sets out a National Curriculum for core and ‘entitlement subjects’. This gives students a broad curriculum and ensures that they are not disadvantaged by over specialised option choices. As an Academy we are not constrained by this curriculum, but will always ensure students are able to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to succeed at Key Stages 4 and 5.

We recognise it is important for students to study a varied Key Stage 4 programme, and that each student is unique and must have the opportunity to choose subjects that they are passionate about studying.  We strive to promote students’ interests and abilities through our curriculum.


Subject Choice

In choosing a suitable programme of subjects for Key Stage 4, students will need to consider the following aspects:

·         The requirements of a balanced curriculum

·         Subjects in which they have a keen interest, and have experienced a measure of success. The most recent report will give an indication of this.

·         Entry requirements for Higher Education institutions

·         What they enjoy learning


We recommend that all students should consider studying a language and History or Geography up to GCSE standard, as it is becoming increasingly common that these are pre-requisites at some universities. In the case of new subjects not available during Key Stage 3, students should seek advice from subject teachers. Presentations will be given to the year group clarifying the nature of these subjects and providing guidelines for those contemplating their selection.

The procedure for making requests under the options programme is explained in the Options Booklet. When all students’ requests are known, we devise a pattern of options which enables as many students as possible to study the subjects they have requested. Subject choices will be confirmed during the Summer Term. Students will be contacted earlier if there are difficulties with the combination of options chosen.

The Options Booklet will be handed out to students immediately after February half term.


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