Year 9 Options

Please click on the link below to access the information given to Year 9 students this week in their assembly.

Parents Evening and Options Information                                               

Thursday 17 February 4.30pm - 7.00pm

Please click HERE to book your online appointment with form tutors and subject staff

Please click below to view the information presented to Year 9 students.

Year 9 Options Assembly Information

What is Progress 8?

Progress 8 is the new national measure which has replaced the traditional 5 A*-C. Instead of 5 A* to C as a requirement for progression to the next level, eight GCSEs across a range of subjects will now be needed. Our curriculum plan for you already takes this ‘Progress 8’ benchmark into account. The majority of local college offers are based around the average of your best 8 grades. 

What is the English Baccalaureate (EBacc)?

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is a student performance measure the government introduced in order to promote a breadth of academic study. This was introduced to address gaps in student knowledge as they progressed to university. Evidence shows that studying the EBacc suite of subjects increases the chances of a student progressing successfully to further education. Consequently, we have designed our options process to encourage students to study the EBacc but with a large element of subject choice. To achieve the EBacc you need to attain at least a grade 4 in; English, Maths, Science (two qualifications), Geography or History and Spanish.

Options Information

Click on the links below to read further information about the range of subject on offer for our Year 9 students to choose from.

Core Subjects

Maths Information Sheet

English Language and Literature Information Sheet

Science Information Sheet

EBacc Subjects

Spanish Information Sheet

Geography Information Sheet

History Information Sheet

Other Subjects

Art Information Sheet

Business Studies Information Sheet

Computing Information Sheet

Construction Information Sheet

Drama Information Sheet

Design Technology Information Sheet

Health and Social Care Information Sheet

Hospitality Information Sheet

Music Information Sheet

Photography Information Sheet

Psychology Information Sheet

Religious Studies Information Sheet

Sociology Information Sheet

Sport Studies Information Sheet

Textiles Information Sheet

At the end of Key Stage 3, your child will be asked to choose their GCSE options. Here we will look at how the process work.

What are Options?

The term 'options' is used to describe the subjects that children can choose to take at GCSE level. Children usually choose their options in Year 9. They then spend Year 10 and 11 studying these subjects, leading up to their GCSEs in the summer term of Year 11.

Which subjects are compulsory at GCSE level?

There are three core subjects that children have to study in Key Stage 4 with all students going on to take GCSEs in these subjects.  They are Maths, English and Science.

All schools are also required to provide religious education and sex and relationships education in KS4, but students don’t have to take GCSEs in these subjects. Instead they are covered in our PSHCE programme.

What to consider when choosing your GCSEs

Choosing the right subjects is extremely important for your child's future and it certainly pays to invest some time in making the right choices.  In school we will ensure your child has all the necessary information and support to make the most appropriate choice.

Many Year 9 children have no idea what career they might eventually go into, and if this is the case, it makes sense for your child to choose as broad a range of subjects as possible.

If your child does already have a career in mind, or is leaning towards studying a certain subject at GCSE, encourage them to look at the entry requirements for a university course or other training in that area. Taking specific subjects may put them at an advantage when they’re applying for further education.

If your child thinks they might want to take a science-related subject later on, it’s sensible for them to take at least double science at GCSE. Some schools and colleges won’t let students take science A levels unless they have double or triple science GCSE.

Perhaps the most important thing, though, is for your child to choose subjects that they’re good at and will enjoy. Try to discourage them from choosing a course because their friends are doing it, or because they like the teacher; friendships don’t always last, and teachers may move on, leaving your child stuck with a subject that they don’t actually like.

Getting help with GCSE options

Choosing which subjects to take can be tricky, but there’s usually plenty of information available to help you and your child whittle their options down.

This year we will not be holding an options evening but there will be plenty of opportunities for parents to be involved in the process. Please check this page regularly for updates and further information.

Speak to pupils who are taking, or have taken, GCSEs in the subjects your child is considering. Ask them what it’s really like to study the course; for example, how much homework do they get? Is there coursework, or just a final exam? What do they like and dislike about the subject?

If your child has a specific career or higher education qualification in mind, arrange a meeting with the school careers advisor to see if there’s a particular combination of GCSEs that they should be taking. Use careers websites to find out more about routes into the careers that your child might consider. Paul Williams is our school based Connexions advisor and is available for further advice and guidance.

Encourage them to make a list of pros and cons of each subject, taking into account things like how easy or difficult they find it, how much homework they’ll have to do, what grades pupils typically get in the subject, how many go on to take an A level in the subject, and so on.

Above all, don’t panic! Remember that your child’s teachers are there to help them make the right GCSE choices.

How will you choose your options?

Students will complete an Options Form which will be posted out with their choices and further information.  These must be completed and returned by February half term. Copies of the Options Forms are below.

EBacc Route Option Form

Vocational Route Options Form