Year 9 Options

During Years 10 and 11 the curriculum becomes more flexible allowing students to tailor their learning experience to better fit their personal needs and interests.  The key purpose of learning remains to equip our future adult citizens with the basic skills and knowledge that will be required to succeed in an ever-changing future; a future of lifelong learning and opportunity for which we must all be prepared.

The Year 9 Options process consists of two stages: the first involves an initial survey, through which students can give us an idea of the subjects they are likely to want to study, followed by a second stage through which students select their final choices from a fixed grid.

Students are supported throughout the process and we encourage them to have conversations with their subject teachers and tutor.  We will advise when information is updated on this page as we progress through the process. 


Thursday 25th January               Initial letter to parents and carers outlining the process
Tuesday 30th January                                                       

Year 9 Options - Stage One goes live, including:

  • Options booklet
  • Initial Survey online form
Thursday 1st February

Virtual Year 9 Parents Evening via SchoolCloud from 4pm - 7pm

Monday 5th February  Deadline for completion of the initial survey online form
Monday 12th - Friday 16th February                     Half term
Tuesday 20th February

Year 9 Options – Stage Two goes live at 8.30am and includes:

  • Final Options online form 
Wednesday 21st February

Options Evening, 6.00pm - 7.30pm in the Main Hall, including:

  • Chance to discuss with representatives of each department
  • Options Talk with Mr Wood at 6.15pm and 7.00pm in the Lecture Theatre
Tuesday 27th February Deadline for completion of the final options online form

Please click on the drop down menu below to reveal the information for each stage of the process:

Stage One


Options Booklet with details of subjects available to study at GCSE and BTEC:


Year 9 Options



Once the above information has been reviewed, students are asked to submit the Initial Survey Form to give an indication of subjects they wish to take, which enables the Final Options Grid to be created.

Stage One is now complete and the initial survey form has closed.

Stage Two

Stage Two of the options process is when students make their final decisions about the subjects they wish to study at GCSE and BTEC. 

Following initial conversations with subject teachers at the recent Parent Consultation Evening, we invite all Year 9 students and their parents/carers to come along to our Year 9 Options Evening. which this year was held on Wednesday 21st February 2024. After this events, students make their final choices.

Final Options Grid 2024

Final Options Grid 2024

In addition to the core subjects (English, Mathematics, Science) students may choose an additional four subjects. We also ask that students select a reserve subject, which should be in the same column as a subject they would be happy to replace.

The deadline for submission of the Final Options Form has now passed (Tuesday 27th February 2024). 

Throughout the options process students receive support and guidance from their tutors and subject teachers. If you are a Year 9 parent/carer and have a question about the options process, please get in touch via: indicating ‘Year 9 Options’ as the subject.

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