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Curriculum KS3 Choices

KS3 Choices within The Cottesloe School Curriculum

A robust, broad and rigorous core curriculum, enriched with additional 
personalisation that is progressive, deep and knowledge-rich, developing
skills to create well-rounded, resilient, confident young adults

Our curriculum offer is closely aligned with the school’s mission statement and vision of Prepare, Aspire, Succeed; supporting the ‘Cottesloe Journey’ that combines learning about and from the world we live in, where students experience a sense of fulfilment through educational and personal achievement. 

What is the KS3 Year 9 Choices process?

In Year 8, students are offered a number of choices for their Year 9 Programme of Study, alongside a suite of core subjects. Year 8 students are able to make three choices about their learning in Year 9 from a range of subjects within the Creative Arts, Technology, and an Enrichment choice such as Business Studies.  Although Year 8 students make these choices about their learning in Year 9,  Year 9 is part of KS3 rather than KS4. This means that whilst these choices will influence decisions for KS4, there is still some opportunity to make changes, prior to choosing GCSE options in Year 9.

This process has two key aims:

  • To enable students to begin to specialise in  some areas of the curriculum that they particularly enjoy, or are particularly successful in.
  • To provide a ‘practice run’ at the GCSE options process. The Options process takes place midway through Year 9.

We believe the KS3 Year 9 choices process is a key point in a student’s secondary education. The process allows students to begin to take ownership of their learning. We are also aware that not every student will get things right the first time around; therefore students who feel they have made a mistake, or who change their mind as they move through Year 9 will be supported to transfer their choices to more appropriate subjects. We are all allowed to make mistakes!

We believe that Key Stage 3 is a crucial stage in a student’s education; it provides an opportunity to develop deep and powerful knowledge in a wide range of subject areas which, in many cases, will not have been studied as discrete subjects at primary school. Cutting KS3 short can stifle these opportunities and the love of learning new things.

Our Key Stage 3 programmes of study are designed to develop a rich and diverse knowledge base from which to form coherent viewpoints and arguments, and to develop understanding of ever-more complex subject matter; to provide opportunities to experience cultural, educational and sporting experiences both inside the classroom and beyond; and to develop a love of learning which will become embedded into our students’ approaches to education at Key Stage 4 and beyond. Ultimately, we want students to progress on from Key Stage 3 with self-confidence, excited about their own education, and having developed resilience, independence, and great aspiration for the future.

KS3 Choices (video)

Important Documents

KS3 Year 9 Choices Booklet