Meldrum Academy, Colpy Road, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, AB51 0NT

S5 into S6

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

We hope you found the video above useful. The link to My World of Work is as follows:

My World of Work 

Video transcript:

S5 into S6

 

Hello everyone,

This video is to outline the options process from S3/4/5 into S4/5/6 and allows you to stop and replay key parts you may miss in assemblies and/or options evenings. This video is aimed at pupils and parents and we hope that it is helpful in the options process.

 

Purpose of the video

  1. To explain the senior phase and the options available moving forward

  2. To allow you to consider 'good choices' moving forward and explain the options process

  3. To outline the subject choice website

 

  1. BGE to Senior phase

The BGE runs from the age of 3 to the end of S3 and aims to equip young people with the breadth and depth of education to thrive in the future.

The curriculum followed from S1-S3 lays strong foundations and keeps options open for more specialised learning, qualifications and lifelong learning in the senior phase and beyond.

 

The senior phase is when National qualifications are taken. For those parents who are unsure what we mean when we say National 3-6 please see the SCQF info tab on the website for clarification.

The courses in the senior phase generally run for 1 year at a time, and each pathway pupils will take will be personalised to their desired goals. We have a combined senior phase which means S4/5/6 courses run in conjunction to ensure we can offer a vast array of subjects at as many levels as possible.

 

There are other offers in the senior phase also, such as NESCOL school links courses and Foundation apprenticeships.

 

It is about taking the right path, and not always the easy path.

 

  1. Good choices in the options process

It is important to consider that young people gather information about their subject choice from a number of sources.

It is well known that parents are the number 1 valued source of information, and this subject choice website is aimed to guide parents to provide clear information about subjects and pathways moving forward.

The My world of work website (a link will be below this video) will also help and is an extremely valuable resource for parents and pupils alike.

 

Discussions will take place in PSE classes and individually with pupils and their teachers (and pastoral care teachers) with regards to this process also.

 

S6 only:

The S6 timetable has been improved this year for several reasons:

 

  1. Momentum

  2. Prepare well for next level study or employment

  3. To create a positive ethos amongst the school with regards to the role of a senior pupil in S6.

  4. To gain more relevant skills that will benefit you in your future.

 

As a post 16 pupil there is a responsibility for setting a positive tone in the school. Students are expected to be responsible for themselves and the decisions they make.

 

To clarify the options process: In S6 pupils will need to select 5 options from the 5 columns available, and should look to build on the qualifications obtained in S4 and 5. PE will no longer feature as a mandatory subject on your timetable but you will still have 1 period of PSE. Those studying National level courses will have 5 periods in class time per subject and also have 1 study period per national course. Those studying Highers will be allocated 6 periods per Higher qualification. Advanced Highers will be allocated periods based on time requirements.

 

Progression in S6 is as much about breadth as it is depth. This means that progression isn't always the next level, but may be a qualification at the same level, but in a different subject.

 

The 5 columns you will choose from are pre-set and determined by what staff and room availability we have at each time of the week. Whilst we do everything we can to accommodate for all subjects, it is not always possible.

 

Further to your studies in S4 and 5 you can choose to attend College on a school links course. This will be above and beyond your timetable and will act as a 6th subject on your timetable. There is a dedicated page at e

www.meldrumacademy.com for these courses. All NESCOL school links courses will need to be discussed with Pastoral care and applied for with them.

 

Furthermore, there will be a 'S6 responsibility' section which can be selected as a 5th choice where you will be able to contribute to the positive ethos of working together for success. Specific options are outlined on your options forms.

 

Foundation apprenticeships are also available for you to study. This year we are hosting 2 in school foundation apprenticeships and an array of NESCOL based courses. Information on foundation apprenticeships is available in the A-Z courses drop down under the heading of foundation apprenticeships.

 

 

Some very important advice would be:

  1. Do not choose subjects because your friends are. They are not guaranteed to be in your class.

  2. Do not select a subject just because you like the teacher, as we cannot always guarantee that teacher will be yours in years to come.

  3. Consider what your future may look like. Information about courses we run in the senior phase is available on this website and the pathways on each subject page are very important. You will also need to consider pathways beyond school.

  4. Each subject overview page on the website has a My World of Work link on it that takes you to a subject choice toolkit. This toolkit allows you to add your subjects and look at potential career routes in the future. You will have more subjects to add to this as you move up the school through S4 into S5 and into S6 should you wish to stay at school.

  5. You will need to know your glow username and password for this process as options forms will be submitted online as a final step.

  6. There is a 2 week window for you to complete your options forms, whereby discussions with staff and parents is very important.

  7. Finally, your pastoral care teacher will look at your over all options with you. It is important that you take the opportunity to outline the reasons for your choices if possible in the space provided. This allows me and the rest of SMT to allocate subjects as best as possible.

 

The options process:

  1. An options assembly will take place on Monday 24th February 2020. You will be given your options form in this assembly.

  2. You will be guided to use this website to help you make your decision. The website looks better in google chrome but has been set up for mobile use also. It demonstrates pathways for each faculty and also other options available to you.

  3. Speak to members of teaching staff around the school about your choices. You will need to have each subject signed off by a member of staff from the faculty you are wishing to go into, to show you have had the appropriate discussions.

  4. Take your form home and get it signed after discussion with your parents.

  5. Bring it back by the deadline and get it signed by pastoral care. DO NOT just leave it for pastoral care as you need to discuss your options.

  6. You will then be asked to submit your options online using the link in the ‘options forms’ page on this website. Make sure you click the correct link and that this is done by Friday 6th March 2020. Any late submissions will be added once we have allocated places to those who handed it in on time. There is no reward for early returns.

Click here for the S3/4/5 into S4/5/6 subject choice presentation and College links presentation.