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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.


Tuesday 1st February               Initial letter to parents and carers outlining the process
Thursday 3rd February                                                     Virtual Year 9 Parents’ Evening via SchoolCloud from 4pm – 7pm
Monday 7th February

Year 9 Options – Stage One goes live on our website, including:

  • Video outlining the process for this stage
  • Options booklet
  • Initial Survey Form
Friday 11th February  Deadline for completion of the Stage One Initial Survey Form
Monday 21st -Friday 25th February                     Half term
Monday 28th February

Year 9 Options – Stage Two goes live on our website, including:

  • Video outlining the process for this stage
  • Short videos from subject departments
  • Final Options Form 
Monday 7th March Deadline for completion of the Final Options Form
From Monday 7th March

Interviews commence with selected students

This process allows us to resolve issues that have arisen from clashes between chosen options subjects, where courses are oversubscribed or are no longer running due to insufficient uptake

Once any issues have been resolved and subject choices can be confirmed for the whole year group, this will be communicated to tutors and they will advise students


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

Stage One

Stage One goes live on Monday 7th February on this page.

Please watch this short presentation from Mr Wood with an overview of the process. To enter full screen mode, click on the square on the bottom right. After watching the presentation, please scroll down to view the Options Booklets and link to the Initial Survey Form.






Options Booklet with details of subjects available to study at GCSE and BTEC: Options Booklet for students considering our Alternative Curriculum:
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Once the above information has been reviewed, students should submit the Initial Survey Form via the link below. Please note that this is just an indication of subjects students wish to take, which enables the Final Options Grid to be created.

Year 9 Options 2022 - Stage One Initial Survey FormPlease visit this page again after February half term for Stage Two, below, which will include a selection of short videos from the subject teachers and the Final Options Form.

Stage Two

Stage Two begins on Monday 28th February and ends on Friday 4th March. This stage of the Options process is where students make their final decisions about the subjects they wish to study at GCSE and BTEC.

Please follow these three steps:

  1. Watch the presentation from Mr Wood, Deputy Headteacher, for overview of this stage with a look at the Final Options Grid and some guidance about selecting a reserve subject
  2. Watch the short presentations from the Head of Subject teachers for further information about the GCSE or BTEC subjects you are considering, to make sure they are the right choices for you
  3. Make a note of your final choices and enter these on the Final Options Form below. Please note, the deadline for submitting this form is Monday 7th March 2022

Students taking the alternative curriculum (A band) route are advised separately by Mrs Lanczak-Faulds and therefore not required to submit the Final Options Form.




In addition to the core subjects, students may choose an additional four subjects. The Head of Subject teachers have each prepared a short presentation to provide further information. Please click on the link to view each presentation.

Art design Btec media Btec sport Business
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Geography History Modern foreign languages Loom thumbnail music
Pe Religion philosophy Science Statistics



Once you are ready to submit your final subject choices, please click on the link below to submit your Final Options Form. You will be required to enter four subject choices and a reserve. The deadline for completion of the Final Options Form is Monday 7th March 2022.                                                                 

Final Options Form 

Students are supported throughout the Options process by their tutors and subject teachers. If you are a parent/carer and have a query about anything to do with the Options process, please contact us via: with the subject ‘Year 9 Options’.



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