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Guided Choices

Published: 11-08-2021

pdf document Guided Choices Booklet 2024

       pdf document Guided Choices process presentation 2024

       pdf document Guided Choices Letter 2024

       Powerpoint BHCS Guided Choices Evening Careers Presentation

In order to provide students and parents with as much guidance and support as possible in the process, we offer three distinct pathways for students to follow.  These are recommended, but not compulsory, pathways and provide the flexibility to design a curriculum package for each student which is tailored to their needs, abilities and potential.  We make the individual pathway recommendation for each student based on our in-depth knowledge of them as learners, using current progress and attitude to learning grades, in addition to prior attainment data from primary school.

All pathways offer students an element of choice when selecting specialism subjects.  It is important that students consider these specialism subjects carefully with a view to future educational and career aspirations, as well as their own individual strengths. Parental and school guidance in this process is invaluable in supporting them to make choices which will allow them to thrive and develop their passion for learning.  

Ebacc Pathway

The EBacc pathway meets the criteria of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) which is a government measure of success for student learning. It is the title given to the group of subjects (English, Maths, Science, Latin, French, Spanish, History and Geography) that support a traditionally academic educational pathway.  To follow this pathway, students must study at least one Foreign Language and History and/or Geography alongside the existing core subjects of English, Maths and Science to GCSE level.  

Open Options Pathway

We recognise that the academic demands of the EBacc pathway may not be suitable for all.  The Open Options pathway removes the requirement for students who follow it to study History/Geography and a Foreign Language. This provides further flexibility in the range of additional specialism subjects that students may choose.

Triple Science

For both the Ebacc and Open Options pathways, students may additionally be invited to study Triple Science which would take up one of their specialism options.  Students will only be invited to follow the Triple Science pathway if the school is confident that their prior performance will allow them to access the course and if they are likely to consider continuing to study a Science at Level 3 (A Level). 

Access Pathway

Some students will be invited to follow the Access pathway.  This pathway has been designed to support students’ learning needs. In addition to English, Maths, Science and one of: Latin, Spanish, French, History or Geography, students will make two further specialism subject choices (which include GCSE and GCSE-equivalent vocational courses). The remaining option block will be ‘Curriculum Access’ time, supporting students in developing their literacy and numeracy skills (through the study of Functional Skills and Entry Level Certificate respectively) and employability skills (through the Prince's Trust Personal Development and Employability Skills Achieve Award). 

The Guided Choices Process and Timescale

In the Spring term of Year 8, students are shown the Guided Choices booklets that the current Year 9s received to enable them to start thinking about what they might be interested in studying at Key Stage 4. Initial preferences for specialism subject choices are requested from Year 8 students. These subject choices are, of course, not binding, but help the school with curriculum and timetabling planning, to ensure that specialism subjects are arranged in option blocks which best accommodate students’ indicated preferences.

Before Easter, students will be given an explanatory letter, pathway form and Guided Choices booklet to take home and discuss with their parents/carers prior to the Parents' Evening straight after the holidays. The curriculum also allows for GCSE 'taster' sessions in the Spring term in each faculty area to help students make more informed decisions about their Guided Choices.


pdf document Guided Choices Booklet 2023

        pdf document Guided Choices process presentation 2023

        pdf document Ebacc Pathway Guided Choices Form 2023

        pdf document Access Pathway Guided Choices Form 2023

        pdf document Open Pathway Guided Choices Form 2023

        pdf document Guided Choices Letter 2023

        pdf document Careers LM Guided Choices Evening Presentation 

pdf document Guided Choices Booklet 2022

        pdf document Guided Choices process presentation 2022

        pdf document Ebacc Pathway Guided Choices Form 2022

        pdf document Access Pathway Guided Choices Form 2022

        pdf document Open Pathway Guided Choices Form 2022

        pdf document Labour Market Information presentation 2022

pdf document Guided Choices Booklet 2021-24

        pdf document Guided Choices Presentation 2021

        pdf document Access Pathway Guided Choices 2021

        pdf document Ebacc Pathway Guided Choices 2021

        pdf document Open Options Pathway Guided Choices 2021

pdf document Guided Choices Booklet 2020-23

pdf document Guided Choices Booklet 2019-22

pdf document Guided Choices Booklet 2018-21

pdf document Guided Choices Booklet 2017-20