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25/03/20

Retweetd From Department for Education

We have been informed some parents have received an email stating: ‘As schools will be closing, if you're entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we'll make sure you're supported’. This is a scam email - do not respond, and delete immediately. https://t.co/r6cJP28dyY

23/03/20

To parents, students or staff who have experienced a problem accessing SMHW today. https://t.co/W5sP3a3dtF

23/03/20

Stories for children - Free streaming from Audible. https://t.co/bs4CzusmcS

13/03/20

Please find this week's Newsletter on our website https://t.co/TArEHFFa3w

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13/03/20

National Demo Day celebrations: Some student's got to have a go at lighting the Methane Bubbles too! https://t.co/INmpZHDDrF

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13/03/20

We celebrated Naitonal Demo Day within the science department yesterday lunchtime by burning Methane Bubbles! Students got to watch Mr Haigh demonstrate how water is a poor conductor of heat and insulates his hands from the flames! Don't try this at home! https://t.co/b6bNdlVVge

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13/03/20

Happy Science Week from our Science department! https://t.co/jwVzDLtx4V

13/03/20

A parentmail has been sent to all families with more details concerning this and the scheduled school trips. Please read the parentmail first before emailing the school. https://t.co/rsIL7gGHGe

13/03/20

School Update Regarding Coronavirus: Following the announcement from the Cobra meeting this afternoon, please be aware that the advice for self-quarantining for suspected coronavirus symptoms has now changed.

13/03/20

We are very grateful to the boys of Hampton School, who support our students with both empathy and humour!. They are a real credit to https://t.co/P22qmJzgpT

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12/03/20

Well done to our students who carried out their first practice expedition on Saturday at Boxhill. They planned their routes and tested their navigation skills. Mr Crossan said, "All did really well and worked together brilliantly as a team." https://t.co/9HXQlSDNhB

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12/03/20

Did you know this? Happy Science Week from our Science department! https://t.co/lsiQPlOqYV

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11/03/20

Take a peek at our Conservation Area in this glorious Spring sunshine! https://t.co/N10UgK4I0a

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11/03/20

Y7 make the most of this splendid sunshine we are having this morning and find places for their bug hotels they have been making! They will check back next week to find out if they have had any visitors! https://t.co/88sPa0Zw4l

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11/03/20

Y8 having lots of fun designing a pulley system this morning with Mr Haigh! We will have to wait until tomorrow to find out the winning team! https://t.co/xsZez7020D

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11/03/20

Did you know this? Happy Science Week from our Science department! https://t.co/n1BvLlgTod

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10/03/20

Evie and Sienna have made some stunning 'Bug Hotels' this morning with Mrs Willingale as part of Science Week! Well done girls! https://t.co/r4K5xkcYl2

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10/03/20

Y11 create a buzz of energy this morning during their revision breakfast! Staff were on hand to answer any questions. https://t.co/Plgediie55

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10/03/20

Thanks to our amazing FoHH for putting on another splendid Quiz Night last Friday! "Teachers show they're smarter than our parents by building the tallest free-standing balloon tower and winning the FoHH Quiz!", Chair of FoHH Thanks to all of you who came and supported the event https://t.co/RXFXyBvLmR

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10/03/20

We'd like to share with you our Science Week fact of the day! https://t.co/RK3xpY4SZq

KS4 Overview

At Hampton High we are committed to ensuring students master the core subjects and enjoy a balanced curriculum. It is neither desirable, nor essential, for future career ambitions to over-specialise in specific subject areas. Therefore, we have developed an option system that offers students the right balance between breadth and specialism.

Key Stage 4 - Years 10 and 11

The Department for Education sets out a National Curriculum for core and “entitlement subjects". This gives students a broad curriculum and ensures that they are not disadvantaged by over specialised option choices. As a school we are not constrained by this curriculum, but will always make sure that students are fully prepared for the skills and knowledge they will need in order to succeed at key Stages 4 and 5.

Subject Choice

In choosing a suitable programme of subjects for Key Stage 4, students will need to consider the following aspects:

  • The requirements of a balanced curriculum
  • Subjects in which they have a keen interest, and have experienced a measure of success
  • Entry requirements for Higher Education institutions
  • The English Baccalaureate  

We recommend that all students should consider studying a language up to GCSE standard. In the case of new subjects not available during Key Stage 3, students should seek advice from subject teachers. Presentations will be given to the year group clarifying the nature of these subjects and providing guidelines for those contemplating their selection.

The procedure for making requests under the options programme is explained in the options booklet. Students are given the time to think about what subjects they would wish to study and then asked to complete an options form later in the year. Subject choices will be confirmed during the Summer Term. Students will be contacted earlier if there are difficulties with the combination of options chosen.

The options booklet will be handed out to students during the options evening early in the year.  

At key stage 3, 4 and 5 we have 29 period weeks with 10 registration periods. Each morning there is time for year group assemblies and tutor time activities.

The curriculum at key stage 4 (years 10 and 11)

The majority of students study our core curriculum and an additional four subjects from those on offer. 

Pupil periods for key stage 4 

Subject Y10 Y11
English 5 5
Mathematics 5 5
Science 5 or 8 5 or 8
Option Subjects 3  
PSHE 2 days a year  
PE 2  


GCSE Options

As you approach the end of Year 9 it is time to make some decisions about your future studies. You will also begin to think about what you would like to do in Year 12 and 13. Recent changes in government policy mean that all students must now stay in education, or work-based training, until they are 18.

At Hampton High we are committed to the concept of "breadth and balance" ›in Year 10 and 11, which can then become more specialised in Year 12 and 13. We have found it is unnecessary for future career ambitions to specialise in specific subject areas too early and that it is better to keep a broader choice of subjects at this stage. When choosing your subject it is more important to think about what you enjoy and where you have shown an aptitude. Your recent report should help to highlight this, or you can have a discussion with the relevant subject teacher.

Optional Subjects

Students choose four additional subjects from the following list.

History Dance
Geography Drama
Religious Studies Music
Computer Science (Top Set maths students only) Media Studies
Separate Sciences (counts as one option choice) Art
French Product Design
Spanish Food Technology


When to Make Option Choices  

You will be asked to complete an Options Choices Application Form in March/April of Year 9. We ask that each student selects one extra option that can be used if there is a problem with the combination of choices requested. Whilst we make every effort to enable as many students as possible to study the subjects they have requested we cannot guarantee meeting the exact preferences of individual children. Clearly the running of courses is dependent upon whether they are sufficiently subscribed, and the availability of specialist teachers. If there are any difficulties you will be informed as soon as possible.

Subject choices will be confirmed during the Summer Term but students will be contacted earlier if there are difficulties with the combination of options chosen.

How to Request Option Choices

On Monday 5 February you will receive a letter with details on how to request your Option Choices via SurveyMonkey which is an online survey tool that is password protected. Please follow this link which will take you to the Year 9 Options SurveyMonkey. 

Looking Beyond Year 11

Whilst the choices you make in Year 9 will shape your next two years at Hampton High, they will also have an impact on your options after Year 11. This may involve staying on at Hampton High Sixth Form, going to another college or gaining employment with training. In the UK there are qualifications at six different levels (see the table below) and in Year 10 you embark on courses that will begin to take you through these levels. It is important to know what opportunities will be available based on these choices.

Level 3

To progress onto A level courses or Level 3 vocational courses (e.g. BTEC Diplomas/ BTEC Nationals, Level 3 VRQs / NVQs) you will need to have at least 5 GCSE grades at grade 5 or above or equivalent grades on vocational courses.

Level 2

Where students have achieved at least 5 GCSE grades 4-1 they will be able to progress onto Level 2 courses (BTEC First Awards, Level 2 VRQ / NVQ, Level 2 NVQ, Trainees & Apprenticeships).

Going on to University  

If you are considering applying for a particular university course, you should check your GCSE choices will be suitable. In general, universities will be looking for students with good academic outcomes and outstanding study skills and habits. The Russell Group, which represents some of the UK's leading and many competitive universities, has published a guide to assist students with their decision making about post-16 education, called Informed Choices. They identify a number of A level subjects that are required more often than others for entry onto their degree courses. These subjects are: Mathematics/Further Mathematics, English Literature, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, History and Languages (Classical & Modern).

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Posted on: 21/03/2020

Important - children of key workers

Dear Families, Further to the release of the key worker list yesterday, I just want to remind you that the guidance is that any child falling into this category should only come into school from next week if there is absolutely no other alternative. We are operating a skeleton staff, as so many colleagues are self-isolating and it is important that the staff in school remain healthy to look after the students who absolutely have to be in. For this reason, we are prioritising the KS3 children of key workers. Our resources are scarce and this is the group of students who probably cannot be left home alone whilst their parents are at work on the front line. If you have been contacted separately and an arrangement has been made before yesterday for your child to come in then we are expecting to see them at 8.30 on Monday morning, regardless of key stage. If your child is in receipt of free school meals, please remember that a “meal deal” type of sandwich pack will be available at school Reception between 12.00 and 12.30pm from Monday. Please ensure that you observe these timings, as we will have to divert precious resources from elsewhere in the school to run this. All students will need to sign their meal out, so that we can accurately cater for students for the remainder of the week as we wait for the government vouchers to arrive. Thank you again for your continued support of our school community in these uncertain times. Rebecca Poole Headteacher Hampton High