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Year 9 Options



Your Year 9 child now has the opportunity to consider the courses which are available to them to study throughout years 10 and 11, (some will begin in year 9). This means that your child’s curriculum will be more personalised, and they will have some choice in determining the subjects that they study. These choices should provide a broad and balanced curriculum that will enable them to progress to the next stage of education, training or employment.

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Timeline for Options 

The list below states when all options related activities will take place:

WB. 16th January 2023

Options Assembly (in school)

Options Materials available online

Wednesday 8th February 2023

Careers and Employability Afternoon

30 minutes during school time and open from 4pm-5.30pm for parents/carers and students.

Options Subject drop-in Evening- 4.30-6.30pm

Thursday 9th February 2023

Options form available online to submit

Monday 27th February 2023

Options form submission deadline

March 2023

Options follow-up conversations with students/parents/carers

Tuesday 18th April 2023

Students begin humanities/technology options

September 2023

Students begin other options

To-do list:  

1. Look at all the Options materials available online. Make sure you understand how the Options form will work and how many subject preferences you can make.

2. Attend the Options Assembly and submit questions via Google form to teachers.

3. Plan who you want to speak to and what you are going to ask on Wednesday 8th February at the Careers and Employability afternoon and Options Subject drop-in Evening, and attend these events.

4. Access the Options Google form sent via student email accounts from Thursday 9th February.

5. Submit the Options Google form by Monday 27th February.

Options Booklet


How do I choose options?

All students will have an assembly, where the options process will be introduced and explained to them.

The school will be holding an Options evening for students and parents/carers, which will be on Wednesday 8th February between 4.30 and 6.30, with access to an additional Careers Event between 4pm and 5.30pm. 

During this, students and parents/carers will have the opportunity to attend a presentation about the options process, as well as finding out more about the courses from the subject teams who teach them, so that students are empowered to make the most appropriate choices for them. 

Submitting options choices 

Student choices should be submitted using the Google Form via the link sent to their school email account and on the Options website on Thursday 9th February. Options choices must be received no later than Monday 27th February. 

Any student who has not chosen their options by this deadline will be supported to make their choices in school, but may have to pick from a reduced selection, as priority will be given to students who have submitted their choices by the deadline. 

What happens after 27th February? 

Once all course choices have been made, they will be collated, analysed and students will be assigned to groups. Options choices should be finalised in the weeks between the deadline and the April holiday. Students and parents/carers will be informed via email of the choices which have been allocated to students. 

Who can I ask for help?

Pathways and Progression Leader (Mrs Spencer-Hall)

Form tutors

Subject Teachers

Heads of department



Career Pilot

Yourself-give yourself some thinking time

Course Overview


Core- Examined

GCSE English

GCSE English Literature

GCSE Mathematics

GCSE Separate Sciences

Core- Non-examined

Complementary Studies

Core PE


GCSE French

GCSE Spanish

Choice made in September Year 9.


GCSE History

GCSE Geography

GCSE Religious Studies

Choose a 1st and 2nd preference.


BTEC Enterprise

BTEC Health and Social Care

OCR Cambridge National Certificate Sport Science 

BTEC Digital Information Technology

Choose a 1st and 2nd preference.


GCSE Art & Design: Fine Art

GCSE Art & Design: Textile Design

GCSE Computer Science

GCSE Design and Technology

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

GCSE Music

Choose a 1st, 2nd and 3rd preference.

Personalised Subjects

Study +

Students will be contacted on an individual basis.