Options & GCSE


He/ she will have a full timetable already when making subject choices; there is no space in the academic week to include a further option choice.

John O’Gaunt considers all the subjects it offers important to the rounded development of your child. The world of work that they will enter will require a much wider and adaptable skill base than that of the past.

We appreciate that some students may wish to make changes as the year continues and there MAY be an opportunity for some alternations to be made to a student’s choices; this would be dependant on the size of the classes at the time of the decision to choose another subject and therefore cannot be guaranteed.

There are many people that your child can go to for help and advice. He/she can speak to subject teachers, tutors, friends and, of course, yourselves.

We try to make the options as personalised as we can. Every effort is made to ensure that your child is able to study the subjects he/she has opted for. However, if there are not sufficient numbers to make up a class, then that  subject will not be offered and your child will be allocated to their reserve choice where possible.

Each student requiring specialist teaching is considered on an individual basis and decisions are made in partnership with the family on when specialist teaching takes place.

We would hope after careful consideration and discussion, that this would not happen but if your child is unhappy with their choice of subject, it is possible within the first few weeks to move to another course if the numbers on that course allows.

At KS4, the type and volume of work done at home is both varied and demanding. Students will be expected to prepare for the next lesson whilst at the same time, completing work that could be the culmination of several weeks of study at home. This is very much subject dependent.

No. Your child should take a language that has been studied for the past two years already.

Every year 9 student is currently studying the same content which is called trilogy. This is the dual or double award qualification which is two GCSEs. Students wishing to study triple award science, now known as ‘separate sciences’ should choose this as part of their options. The additional content required for separate science awards will be studied in these lessons to supplement the work done in core science lessons