Year 9 Options
We believe that Year 9 marks the transition between key stage three and four and that during this time, there needs to be a strong emphasis placed upon the development of those skills which form the basis of future success in the subjects which students will follow in Years 10 and 11.
In key stage 4, all students will follow a core curriculum leading to qualifications in English language, English literature, mathematics and science. For those students who need it, additional lessons in English and mathematics, along with support for those for whom English is not a first language, are available as part of our extended day offer. We also offer the opportunity for studying some home languages after school to GCSE standard.
Everyone will also be expected to participate in Physical Education as laid out in government curriculum guidelines, along with PSHE, Citizenship, Enterprise Education and RE, which are delivered via a series of Student Enrichment Days.
As a school we will ensure that both parents/carers and students are provided with extensive information, advice and guidance, before we then ask students to select THREE option choices; all of which appear on the government’s list of accredited qualifications. Parents /carers and students should be aware that all courses will only be offered subject to them having recruited sufficient numbers.
Our students will be given the opportunity to speak to our “Connexions” advisor Mrs Edge, she will be available for individual consultations at lunchtime for a two week period prior to making choices. Parents/carers are invited to attend the option showcase event held in the spring term.
The information about the two different Pathways is available to you in the Options Booklet, . Those students who have been recommended to follow Pathway 1 will have received a letter informing them of this. These recommendations have been based on your child’s work throughout Key Stage 3, and the opinions of your Subject Teachers.
All students are required to study specific subjects in order to ensure you achieve “8 qualifying subjects”. All available options meet these requirements.
Please note that some subjects have very specific entry requirements, which are detailed on each page. If you are unsure about any of these requirements, or any of the information within each subject, please speak directly to a member of staff within that department.
Students and parents/carers are encouraged to consider all of the information provided to them before making any decisions about option choices.
Click here to make your options for 2021-2023