Upper IV (Year 9) is an exciting year at St Augustine’s Priory as the girls prepare to move from Key Stage 3 into Key Stage 4 and choose their GCSE options. As part of our Pathways Programme, we start the process for selecting GCSE subjects early in the year, so that the girls are ready to make informed decisions when they hand in their final choices after February half term.The girls sit examinations in option subjects in January, but in Maths and the Sciences, the girls are assessed both in January and May, so that they can be put into the appropriate GCSE sets for Lower V. GCSE courses start after the May half term in Upper IV.

The following events are organised during Upper IV and are designed to help the girls with their GCSE options and begin to prepare them for entering the workplace.

GCSE Information Evening (Beginning of Michaelmas Term)
An information evening for parents and girls detailing the core subjects and the different GCSE options available to girls at St Augustine’s Priory is held.  Heads of Department and/or Subject Teachers are available to answer questions on the different subjects available at GCSE level, and presentations are also given on the core GCSE subjects taken by all girls.

Study Skills Seminar (End of Michaelmas Term)
Girls and parents are invited to attend seminars run by Maximize your Potential, at which experts in education present a number of different study techniques and offer advice on how the girls can be supported at home.

Careers Evening (Michaelmas Term)
Girls and parents from Upper IV upwards are invited to attend this exciting event which draws together professionals from a number of different industries, offering our girls the opportunity to gain a useful introduction to a selection of career pathways .

Careers Day (Lent Term)
After their examinations in the Lent term, the girls come off timetable for a day to take part in a number of activities designed to encourage them to reflect on their own interests, skills and talents as well as to make discoveries about their suitability to different career paths.  This event also helps the girls to make connections between their GCSE choices and different careers.

Insight into Industry Day (Summer Term)
This event gives the girls the opportunity to run a small company and market a product for the day. In teams, the girls are set the challenge of designing, costing, marketing and producing a product which they then go on to sell within the school community. This is an excellent introduction to industry and the girls of St Augustine’s always rise to the challenge gloriously!