Middlewich Rd, Rudheath, Northwich CW9 7DT

Dear Parent/Carer,

I am writing to provide more information about the options process for your son/daughter as they prepare to transition into Key Stage 4 at Rudheath Senior Academy.

During Year 10 and Year 11, all pupils will have the opportunity to study subjects that are of interest to them and will help with their progression into post-16 destinations, such as a college course or an apprenticeship. Our offering not only allows students to specialise and deepen knowledge in areas they are passionate about, but the pathways also provide meaningful connections to real world employers and industry skills that are required to succeed. These are the foundations of a successful and lasting career.

This final phase of your child’s compulsory school education is probably the most important and hopefully the most exciting part of their learning so far. The next two years will bring challenge and change, as well as increased responsibility and a wealth of opportunities as young adulthood beckons.

Our pathways and course information are available to view on our website – https://rudheathsenioracademy.org.uk/gcse/ – alongside several information videos from our subject teachers.

Pathways are designed to be a recommended guide to a suite of subjects that will help pupils progress with confidence to post-16 education and training opportunities. There is no obligation for all subjects within a pathway to be chosen. When thinking about which subjects to choose at GCSE, it is important for pupils to speak to their subject teachers about the course. This will help understand what the qualification content, as well as the skills required for successful completion.

Once you have read about the GCSE qualifications on offer, pupils will be in a position to make their subject choices using the link to the 2021 Options Form – Click here to access the options form. This can also be found on our website – https://rudheathsenioracademy.org.uk/gcse/ – under ‘choosing options’.

We expect all option subjects to go ahead, however, if there is insufficient demand your child may be contacted to choose an alternative subject.

The deadline for completing this online option form is Monday 19th April 2021.

It is important to for parents/carers and pupils to consider wider research when choosing options at GCSE. Our website provides information on how to make decisions, as well as links to colleges and training providers to understand requirements to progress after leaving Year 11.

To support with this, we have invited all Year 9 pupils to register on the Start Programme. Start is a free, online careers platform, designed to connect 11–18-year-olds with their future career potential. We have further information on our website – https://rudheathsenioracademy.org.uk/work-readiness/start-programme/ – to help pupils register and offer guidance on how to create a work readiness plan, understanding knowledge of careers and steps to success.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or speak to your child’s Form Tutor.

Yours Sincerely

Miss K Fleming
Head of Year 9