Timetable Policy

June 1, 2016

Ashbourne prides itself on offering a vast array of different subjects for students and due to the flexible timetable, is able to offer GCSE students a variety of choices when deciding subjects other than core required subjects (Mathematics, Science, English Language and English Literature). Additionally, A level students are given flexibility because we permit any subject combination.

GCSE
For 2016/2017 Year 11 timetables will be constructed in the following ways:

Students must study all the subjects in this category
Compulsory Core Subjects
Mathematics
English Language
English Literature
Science
PSHE
Physical Education

Students MUST choose one subject in each of the following categories:
Compulsory Choice 1
French
Geography
German

Compulsory Choice 2
Drama
Computing

Students MAY choose one subject from each of the following categories:
Optional Choice 1
History
Spanish
Music
IELTS

Optional Choice 2
Art and Design
Economics

For 2016/2017 Year 10 students, the following applies:

Compulsory Core Subjects
Mathematics
English Language
English Literature
Science
PSHE
Physical Education
Art and Design

Compulsory Choice 1
French
Economics

Compulsory Choice 2
Drama
Computing

Compulsory Choice 3
Spanish
History

Compulsory Choice 4
Geography
Music

Each year, Ashbourne offers students different choices. Until further notice, these subjects will be used for the upcoming academic year (2017/2018).

A level
As stated earlier, Year 12 and 13 students are permitted to take any combination of subjects.

Usually, Year 12 students will take 4 subjects and decide to continue with 3 subjects for Year 13.

Hour Allocation
The following is a guide to the hour allocations for each year:

Year 10 students are allocated 4 hours per week for Mathematics, 6 hours per week for Science & English and 2 hours per week for the remainder of their subjects.

Year 11 students are normally allocated 4 hours per subject, except for GCSE Science, which is allocated 8 hours per week.

Year 12 and Year 13 students are allocated 6 hours per subject per week, except for art subjects, which they are timetabled for 8 hours per week.

Modular Subjects
Year 13 students taking modular subjects (non linear), will be allocated 1 hour per subject per week to revise modules covered in Year 12 to help prepare for them to retake these modules in the summer.

Mathematics
Year 12 students will usually take C1, C2, M1 and S1 in Year 12 and C3 & C4 in Year 13. For further information about Mathematics at Ashbourne, please refer to the Mathematics policy.

Arts
For HT1 and HT2, Year 12 students will be allocated 4 per week for their chosen Arts subject (Fine Art, Graphics, Textiles or Photography) and will join the Arts Carousel for 4 hours per week, which will expose them to a variety of different arts. After HT2 students will decide which Art subject to specialise in.

Students taking 2 Art subjects will have 4 hours per week per subject in HT1 and HT2 and 4 hours per week for the Arts Carousel. After HT2, they will be given 8 hours per week for each of the Art subjects that they choose to study

Students who take Art, Craft and Design (ACD), a combination of two Arts subjects, will have 2 hours per week for each of their ACD Arts subjects and 4 hours per week for the Arts Carousel. After HT2, they will be given 4 hours per week for each of the Art subjects that they decide to specialise in.

In Year 13, Arts students will be given 8 hours per subject per week. For ACD students they will be given 4 hours per week for each of their chosen ACD Arts subjects.

Arts students will also have the chance to attend Life Drawing classes that take place from 6-8 on Wednesday and Portfolio classes (Year 13 students) that take place on Thursday 6-8.

Confirmation of Timetable
All timetable choices must be communicated to the timetable team (Stephanie@ashbournecollege.co.uk) before 6pm on 30th June. Any changes after this date are subject to confirmation from the Director of Studies.

Changing subjects during term
Students are permitted to change their subjects during the first two weeks of their first term. If a student wishes to change their subject, they must book a meeting to see the Director of Studies. Prior to the meeting we advise all students to consult with their personal tutor and subject tutors. The Director of Studies will only permit changes where:

1)

    • The new subject fits the students timetable

2)

    • The class that the student wants to join is not full

3)

    • The condition of the students place is not breached as a result of the change

4)

    The decision makes sense from an academic point of view. For Year 13 students, the Director of Students may not permit students to take a subject where it is felt that it is not realistic for the student to be able to gain a B grade or above for A2.

Special Request
Ashbourne always tries to be flexible with students. Our first value is “students come first” and we try and take on board all of the feedback from students to try and tailor their education to suit their needs.

Special requests must be communicated to the timetable team (Stephanie@ashbournecollege.co.uk) before 6pm on 30th June. Any changes after this date are subject to confirmation from the Director of Studies. If the special request involves changing teachers in a subject after the timetable is set, please note that Ashbourne does not permit this. In general, only where a Safeguarding concern has been raised will Ashbourne allow group changes and/or timetable amendments later within the calendar year.

Authorised by The Principal
Date June 2017
Effective date of the policy June 2017
Circulation Teaching staff / all staff / parents / Students on request
Review date June 2018