It also depends on what sixth fom/ college thu want to go to. Some accept with a couple of a-e grade, others ( like one I mentioned) require 8 grade b or above to stay on and you can only study those at a level with a grade a or higher. 6 a stars wouldn't get you a look in.
I'm about to start a thread on it but the goalposts have been quietly shifted in some subjects, most notably in the performing arts subjects. The school's league table will only be able to count one of them so it's not in their interests to have her do the drama if she already has dance.
But LIZS they stopped the BTEC lessons at the end of yr9 & started GCSE lessons; I have no confidence in them at all. We had agreed no RE (Citizenship/ethics) with Head of Options & I found out before half-term he teacher doesn't know that, so had entered DD in for the exam.