Year 8 Options Guidance Evening

Date: Thursday 1 March

Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm

There will be a presentation in the Hall at 6pm and at 6.45pm for parents and carers. Parents and carers of students in Everdon and Rockingham are invited to attend the first presentation, and parents and carers of students in Salcey and Whittlebury are invited to attend the 6.45pm presentation.

  • 6pm Presentation in Hall - Everdon and Rockingham 
  • 6.45pm Presentation in Hall - Salcey and Whittlebury 

Location:  Main Hall, Guilsborough Academy


To ensure that our students are prepared fully for the reformed GCSE qualifications; from September 2015 we decided to start a three year Key Stage 4 programme. This decision was based on several points and mirrors the approach of many schools, nationally.

A three year Key Stage 4 enables more curriculum time for both GCSE English (two separate GCSEs, Language and Literature) and Mathematics. This is important not only because of the increased content in both new GCSE subjects but equally that the skills required are now far more sophisticated at this level. Furthermore, advanced skills, knowledge and understanding of both literacy and numeracy are prerequisites for success across the curriculum in the new GCSE courses. In addition, such an approach will allow your child to study their chosen options across three years and therefore develop not only a breadth but also a depth in their learning.

Information about the options process will initially be explained to students on 22 February 2018 in an assembly and the PowerPoint that accompanies will be on the VLE from this date. The individual subject information will also be available on the VLE from 2 March 2018. The option choice form will not be available, however, until after the Option Guidance Evening on 1 March 2018 to ensure that students have had time to consider and then make their choices. The choices are also listed overleaf. If you do not have access to the internet at home, arrangements can be made via your child’s tutor or Mrs Plowman in the Learning Resource Centre, to do this in school.

Our Option Guidance Evening is on Thursday 1 March in the school hall and starts with a formal presentation. The evening is designed to help students and parents make the right choices. Information will be provided about those courses which are not studied at Key Stage 3 and we will seek to answer any more general questions about the choices to be made. Please come if you have any questions of this kind.

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Year 8 Parents Evening

Date: Thursday 8 March 2018

Time: 5.00pm - 7.00pm

Location: Main Hall and Gym, Guilsborough Academy


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Sports Tour, Barcelona, Spain

2nd April - 6th April 2018

Name of Trip Co-ordinator: Mr Mills

Number of students: 50-60

Cost Per Student: £785

If you would like your son/daughter to obtain and secure a place on the 2018 Sports Tour we will need you to pay a non-refundable deposit of £150 by Tuesday 28th February 2017 by ParentPay. The remaining £635 is to be paid before 30/10/2017 and can be paid in the following instalments:

£210 by 30/4/17

£210 by 30/6/17

£215 by 31/10/17

Letter to parents


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Y11 Parents Exam Ready Evening

This is a reschedule fo the event previously listed as Thursday 22 Febraury

Date: Thursday 15 March

Time: 5.00pm to 7.00pm

Location: Main Hall, Guilsborough Academy

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Ski Trip / Niagara Falls Stopover

Activity: Ski Trip / Niagara Falls Stopover
Venue/Destination: Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec Canada
Date(s): 6th April - 14th April 2019
Cost Per Student: £1670 approximately
Name of Trip Co-ordinator: Miss Nunley

In 2019 we are proposing to take a group of 45 students on a ski trip to Quebec in Canada. This is a fantastic opportunity for students as they will develop their skiing ability in excellent mountain terrain. The resort in Quebec is called Mont Sainte Anne, which is an ideal resort for all ability skiers from the beginner to the most able.

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