Options

Options 2021-23 Timeline

The Year 9 Options Form is currently open for students to complete. The form can be found here.

Deadline for completion is 9AM on Monday 1st March.

Date Event
WB. 1st February 2021 Parent Video Issued Champion Time Activities
Tuesday 2nd February 2021 Options Assembly
WB 8th February 2021 Progress Report issued to students and parents
Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th February 2021 Tutor 1:1 Champion Conversations with students
Friday 12th February 2021 Subject Options Video Launch Option Form Issued
WB 22nd February 2021 Taster Sessions for Option Subjects
Monday 1st March 2021 Option Form Deadline
June 2021 Final options shared with students and parents.

The curriculum at Key Stage 4 consists of a mixture of Core Subjects and Option Subjects. Students will be able to choose some subjects according to their strengths and interests. They will be guided through their choices by subject teachers, tutors and other staff to ensure that their choices are appropriate. When making choices students must balance their skills and learning styles in order to keep options open for later life, such as choosing college or ‘A level’ courses.

Core Subjects

All students are taught a core programme of subjects. These are the subjects and skills that are statutory for all children aged 14-16, with the addition of English Literature, which we feel is important too, and is studied by everyone.

Core subjects comprises of the following:

  • English;
  • English Literature;
  • Mathematics;
  • Combined Science (double award);
  • Personal Development (non-examination);
  • Physical Education (non-examination).

  • Option Subjects

    In addition to core subjects, students select three additional subjects. We want all students to be committed to their subjects and so we allow them to choose these additional subjects from a range of areas. Whilst we do give as much choice as possible, all students are expected to take one EBacc subject from: Computer Science; History; Geography; French or Spanish. We make every effort to ensure that students study the course they opt for.

    Option subjects comprise of the following:

  • GCSE Computer Science;
  • GCSE Geography;
  • GCSE History;
  • GCSE French;
  • GCSE Spanish;
  • GCSE Art;
  • GCSE Business Studies;
  • GCSE Design and Technology;
  • GCSE Drama;
  • GCSE Food, Preparation and Nutrition;
  • GCSE Music;
  • GCSE Religious Studies;
  • Health and Social Care Level 1/2 Certificate (Cambridge National);
  • Creative iMedia Level 1/2 Certificate (Cambridge National);
  • Sport Studies Level 1/2 Certificate (Cambridge National).
  • BTEC Dance

  • Support and Guidance

    To ensure your child makes the most appropriate choices for them, we support your child in a variety of ways through this process. We offer:

  • Meetings with our careers advisor
  • Champion conversation with their tutor
  • “Taster” lessons in all new subjects
  • A Parents’ Information Video
  • Study Higher Blog
  • Study Higher Right Fit Guides

  • Key Contacts

    Key contacts throughout this process are:

  • Barbara Parry - Careers Advisor
  • Liz Matthews - Progress Leader for Year 9
  • Tutors
  • Subject Teachers
  • All staff contact details can be found here.

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