Year 9 Options

The end of Year 9 marks an important point in a student's school career. After this, they do not study exactly the same set of subjects as everyone else in the year and are given a certain amount of freedom to choose the subjects they wish to study to GCSE level.

What are my choices?

Link to Options Book

All students will continue to study English, Mathematics, and Science to GCSE level. In addition, they may also choose four other subjects to study to GCSE level, two of which are expected to be a humanities and a modern foreign language. All pupils will also have non GCSE lessons in Religious Studies, PE and will receive PSHE through the tutor programme and Drop Down Days.  Year 9 options logo

Read the Options Book carefully. It contains some important information about the subjects they will study and will help them to make their choices. Guidance will also be available from the Assistant Head responsible for the Options process and by the Head of Year and Form Tutors during assemblies and tutor time. The aim should be to get as much advice as possible and make a wide choice of courses. A Google Link will be sent out to the students' school email address and will they will need to complete their options choices electronically. This is where they must indicate their choice of subjects. Later in the spring term, they will then have an Options Interview with a senior member of staff to discuss and finalise their choices.

What happens next?

There will be a special Options Evening on Friday 1st February in the Main Hall from 5.00 until 7.00pm. Students and parents will attend an Options talk and then have the opportunity to go around departments finding out more about the courses that are of interest.

Reminder of Key Dates

  1. Parents’ Evening – Virtual Via School Cloud: Thursday 11th January 2024
  2. Initial Options Talk to Students Assemblies during Drop Down Day: Wednesday 24th January 2024
  3. Presentation about the options process to parents: Thursday 1st February 2024
  4. Deadline for submitting your Options Survey Form (must be submitted electronically via Google Form Link): Sunday 18th February 2024
  5. Interviews Start: 15th April 2024
  6. Final Confirmation of Option Choices: Week commencing Monday 3rd June 2024