School Update (4th April 2020)

We are currently recruiting for a number of roles for September 2020. Please visit our virtual recruitment page for details of the exciting positions that we have and for further details on the virtual application process

Dear Parents/ Carers, we have now come to the end of what has been a challenging term for all. During the Spring break Ark Boulton will continue to support our families and are available to be contacted through our email: info@arkboulton.org. Please continue to monitor your SMS messages and post as these we will be our primary methods of contact in the coming weeks. Our teachers are working to ensure that the website is continually updated with new learning content and we will be sending further guidance in time for the new term. We recently sent a text message with a link to a short survey regarding access to online materials at home. Please complete this so that we are able to support and tailor the resources we provide. Finally, we must continue to show our support for NHS and all other keyworkers who continue to serve on the frontline, by staying indoors and practicing social distancing should you need to go out.

As you are no doubt aware Year 11s will not be sitting formal GCSE examinations this Summer. We are currently receiving guidance from Ofqual on how grades will be attained by students. We will, of course update our Year 11 families and parents as soon as we have definitive details.

Please click here if you need any additional information regarding free school meals.

We all have our part to play in helping to stop the spread of Coronavirus. This means we must stay at home to protect the NHS and help save lives. Please continue to follow health guidance from the NHS and the Government.

Thank you to everyone for your understanding during these challenging times and a heartfelt thanks to our NHS and key workers who are working so hard to look after us all.

If you need to contact the school, please email: info@arkboulton.org

Year 9 Options – Selecting a direction for the future

Choosing your GCSE subjects can be a daunting task. With so many combinations of subjects and a variety of choices available, it can be a struggle to know what direction to go in. 

At Ark Boulton we try to give our students the best chance by offering a core curriculum based on Maths, English, Science and a humanities subject, in addition to two other subjects chosen by our students. 

These additional subjects fall under the arts, languages, health and wellbeing, business, psychology and citizenship, as well as GCSEs which extend on the core curriculum. 

In order to make the right selections, students need to consider the future career path they are interested in, as many universities and occupations expect specific subjects and grades in order to be accepted there. Therefore, if you know you wish to be a doctor or lawyer or have another profession in mind, then we suggest that you look at the A-levels required to study these courses at university in order to determine the GCSEs required to do those A-level courses. 

In contrast, for those that are unsure about the area they want to go into, it is useful to keep their options open – meaning, to select a broad range of subjects. It may be useful in these instances to select an art or technical subject alongside business or psychology. This can provide a broad basis of knowledge that leaves you open to various future avenues.

Alternatively, you may choose a language and a technical subject, both of which provide practical transferrable skills that can aid both in future studying and possible apprenticeships. 

If you’re still unsure, it can help to select all the subjects you enjoy, as those are the ones students usually do the best in. 

No matter where you are on your journey of selection, we suggest that you use this great search tool the Russell Group of universities have created a to help you make your decision.

Image: Year 9 students have a discussion with business leaders about life in different professions.