At Sydenham School students have a wide range of GCSE options and are encouraged to study a broad curriculum up to the end of Year 11. Students study up to ten GCSEs in total. In addition to the core subjects (English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Science), students select four option subjects to study in Key Stage 4. From these four options:
1. Students must select at least one of either History or Geography
2. Students must select at least one Language (this should be a language that has been studied in school). If a student has not studied a language in Year 7 or 8, students must choose Study Support from Option Two.
3. Students select two further subjects (this may include a further Humanities or Language subject)
At Sydenham School, students begin their GCSEs at the start of Year 9. Students are supported to take these options at our GCSE Options Evening, combined with the Year 8 Parents’ Evening, in the Spring Term. All students are asked to make two reserve option choices, to provide flexibility in the rare situation that a students’ first choice of options cannot be offered.
In Year 9 all students study Combined Science, which counts for two GCSEs. The allocation of students onto the Triple Science course, which means students achieve separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, takes place after the Year 9 exams in the Summer Term.