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Year 9 Options


Towards the end of Year 9, students are ready to make well informed option choices about which subjects they would like to study at Key Stage 4.

To help students make the best choices for them, they receive personalised support and advice.

The Options process for students currently in Year 9 will begin on Monday 17th January

In Years 10 and 11 students follow a personalised pathway which is appropriately challenging and carefully designed to prepare them effectively for future learning and employment. Almost all students study 9 GCSEs or equivalent, with over seventy percent following the EBacc pathway (compulsory subjects, plus History and/or Geography options).

All students in Year 10 and Year 11 study:

  • English Language GCSE 
  • English Literature GCSE
  • Maths GCSE
  • Science (dual award) GCSE
  • A modern foreign language (French, Spanish, Urdu, Arabic or Italian) GCSE
  • Core PE

Plus, three options subjects from a choice of: History GCSE, Geography GCSE, Religious Studies GCSE, Art GCSE, Drama GCSE, Computer Science GCSE, Graphics GCSE, Product Design GCSE, Food and Nutrition GCSE, Business Studies GCSE, Music BTEC, Sports BTEC, Creative iMedia Cambridge National and Health and Social Care Cambridge National.

Students will receive their own personal copy of the Options Booklet W/C 17th January. This booklet contains information on all the courses on offer and who you might need to see if you want to find out a bit more. This process will be supported with a Parents’ Evening on Wednesday 2nd February when parents and students will have the opportunity of talking to their subject teachers about their options and which subjects they might be best suited to.

Each subject area has also recorded a short video clip to provide you with some key details on what studying each subject entails and why it might be a good subject to choose These videos will be shown to students during tutor time but will also be available for you to view here on the school website.

Students will be asked to complete an electronic options choices form which will be available for completion from Thursday 3rd February with an expectation that all students will have submitted their choices by Friday 11th February.

If you have any immediate questions on the Options process or would like any specific advice on which courses to choose then please contact Ms Johal (Head of Y9) or Mr Michaels (Assistant Headteacher).

Click here to view Year 9 Options Subject videos or view below