Year 9 Options
Year 9 student have some important decisions to make about their futures. In September 2023 you move from Key Stage 3 onto the 14 to 19 Curriculum. They will be beginning a course of study that will take them up to their public examinations in Year 11. However, we see this as part of your longer journey towards Post 16 courses in the Sixth Form and on to Higher Eduction. The options process is to ensure you have the information to make good decisions for your future. The Options Booklet has been distributed to students but is also available here.
It is crucial that each student chooses their courses very carefully in order to maintain progression over the next four years, and also to prepare for Higher Education and for the world of work.
Though they will continue with a range of familiar subjects, a number of subjects will be completely new to them. The Key Stage 4 Curriculum offers some vocational courses (courses related to the workplace) as well as new academic subjects. Students should discuss your potenial areas of study with their parents, tutor, Head of Year and your subject teachers.
Students will need to make four choices of option subjects, from which three will be allocated during the process of finalising the arrangements. We recommend most students take a language GCSE (French, Spanish or a community language). One of the option choices for all students (except those on the supported pathway) must be from the the subjects we call facilitating subjects: History, Geography, a foreign language or Computer Science. For those wishing to follow an EBacc combination of subjects they will need to pic a foreign language (which could be French, Spanish or a valid “community” language) and either History or Geography.
Students will need to complete the option form online. This can be accessed here (the link has also been shared through Satchel One) and they should ensure this is done before the deadline which is 9th February 2023.
We will confirm the options that we have recorded for each student after the completion deadline. We will then be looking at how we can best satisfy all students needs. Students will receive confirmation of their option subjects for Key Stage 4 in July 2023.