Category Archives: Course Choice

SQA Exam Results

Good luck to all of our young people receiving their SQA exam results tomorrow. We hope all your hard work throughout the session has paid off and you get the results you deserve.

Further information about Results Day from the SQA is  available here:

SQA Results Day Information

We are however aware that some of you will have worked just as hard as others yet be disappointed with the results you have received. This may mean that you need to make changes to the courses you were planning to take in session 2019-2020. If this is the case then further information is available on the school website here:

Post Results Course Changes

If things have not gone as well as you had hoped  and you think that there has been some kind of significant mistake in the marking process, for instance if a result is considerably lower than that expected or estimated then further information is available at the link below. If a University or College offer is dependant on a result then you should carefully consider the information on this page before completing the form.

Post Results Service Requests

 

S3 into S4 Course Choice

Following the completion of the ‘mock’ course choice process and an analysis of the preferred options for the current S3 year group a final offer of courses has been created.  Consequently some young people will be disappointed, however, this final offer represents the ‘best fit’ offer for the highest percentage satisfaction of pupil choices and viable classes in S4 next session.

The TOOLs online course choice systen has been re-opened today and can be at:
https://www.studentoptions.co/bbhs2019-S4/

Pupils entering S4 in Session 2019-2020 should now select their recommended English and Mathematics choice from each of the first two options available and then their five further choices plus a reserve choice in order of preference.

Course Counselling takes place on Monday, 11th February for current S3 pupils and the system will remain live throughout this time.  Appointment times will be posted outside the Guidance Office, in the Dining Hall and in the Assembly Hall
next week and pupils should look out for these going up.

Any incomplete choices will be completed at course counselling and, if changes to pupil choices are necessary following discussions with the Guidance Team and Curriculum Leaders, these will be confirmed to parents/carers by email.

The following documentation provides a brief guide explaining how to complete the online course choice prior to course counselling.

S4 Final Course Choice Offer, 2019-2020

Mr M. Gibbons
[Depute Rector]

Course Choice for Session 2019-2020 now open

The final course choice options for Session 2019-2020 can now be made for current S4 pupils moving into S5 and for S5 pupils moving into S6.

The TOOLs online site has now re-opened following the completion of the ‘mock’ course choice process and the creation of columns for choices has been undertaken.  Consequently, some young people will be disappointed that they may not be able to select all of their five preferred choices, however, the column structure represents the ‘best-fit’ option for pupil satisfaction with viable classes across S5 and S6.

The TOOLs site can be found at:
https://www.studentoptions.co/bbhs2019-S5

Pupils entering S5 and S6 in Session 2019-2020 should now select one course choice from each of the options available in the five identified columns.

Course Counselling takes place on Monday, 4th February for current S4 pupils and Wednesday, 6th February for current S5 pupils; the system will remain live throughout this time.

Appointment times have been posted outside the Guidance Office, in the Dining Hall and in the Assembly Hall.

Any incomplete choices will be completed at course counselling and, if changes to pupil choices are necessary following discussions with the Guidance Team and Curriculum Leaders, these will be confirmed to parents/carers by email.

The following documentation provides a brief guide explaining how to complete the online course choice prior to course counselling.

S5-S6 Column Structure, Session 2019-2020
Course choice guidance

Mr M. Gibbons
[Depute Rector]

Course Choice Information Evening

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We hosted the first ever Course Choice Evening on Tuesday, 15 January.  The evening was well received by parents, pupils and partners with more than 300 people attending the event.

During the evening, guests received a presentation from Ms Penrose informing them about the new curriculum model and process for course choice for the upcoming academic year.  Presentations were also given by Fife College to launch the new School College Partnership and Lisa Devine, part of the Foundation Apprenticeship team from Fife Council, who discussed the offer of Foundation Apprenticeships within the school.

Participants had the opportunity to speak to Careers Advisors from SDS, staff from The Open University, representatives from Fife College, our own faculty staff and colleagues from Fife Council’s Foundation Apprenticeship Team.

We would like to extend our ‘thanks’ to everyone who made the event such as success.

Course choice – Key information for parents of current S3-S5 pupils

The course choice TOOLs websites for inputting ‘mock’ course choices for Session 2019-2020 opened at 5pm today and will close at 9am on Monday 21st January, 2019.

Course choice can be found in the Learning section of the website.

Following on from our parental information evening on Tuesday, 15th January please find below important points to note when completing course choice electronically:

S3 into S4

  • In order to maximise potential to achieve, young people will choose 7 subjects for S4 from the existing 9 subjects which they are currently studying in S3.
  • Anyone who is looking for an exceptional case to ‘drop’ an S3 subject for a brand new choice must see Mr Gibbons this week (Thursday 17th & Friday 18th, January) before they finalise their choices online.
  • Places are not allocated on a first come first served basis.  This initial process is to determine the course choice column sheet.

S4 into S5 and S5 into S6

  • Young people must enter a choice for all 5 subject columns in S5 and S6.
  • Choices are entered  in order of preference.
  • There are no longer personal study periods in S5 or S6.  Exceptional cases – see below – in S6 will be reviewed after entries are made.
  • S6 will now only receive personal study periods to support particular workload e.g. where three Advanced Highers are being studied, to undertake art folio work for AH Art.
  • Please note, after particular interest from parents and young people at the information evening, there will now be the option to study the HNC Administration & Information Technologies in one year over S6 only.  Anyone wishing to select this option will need to select this twice by choosing both S6 options of this course online.
  • On a similar note, the Foundation Apprenticeships (FA) will now also be made available to S6 on a one year basis.  Please ensure this is selected in the appropriate column.  FAs will run at Bell Baxter unless numbers do not support this.

If you have any queries or issues with the TOOLs online course choice system, please contact the dedicated email address  BellBaxterHS.Choices@fife.gov.uk

Mr M. Gibbons
Depute Rector