The Year 9 Options Letter can be found by clicking here  




Making curriculum choices in Year 9 is a very important part of your time in school. It is an opportunity for you to take control of your education and shape the way you want your future to be. The options you choose for Years 10 and 11 will affect how you spend your time at school for the next two years. The choices you make may also influence what course or job you decide to do after Year 11.

You now have fantastic opportunities available to you that will help you get the future that you want. Years 10 and 11 are not just about GCSEs. There are other qualifications such as BTECs as well. These qualifications are taught in different ways, and it may be that one type suits YOU more than others.

It is important to choose subjects that will interest you and motivate you. Spend some time thinking about what you enjoy doing, what keeps you interested in something and what makes you work hard. Remember that you are not alone in making these decisions, everyone in Year 9 is going through the same process. Teachers, friends, parents, carers and family will be able to guide advise and support you in this important decision making process.

Good reasons for choosing an option

  • You are good at the subject
  • You think you will enjoy the course
  • It fits your career ideas and plans
  • It goes well with your other choices
  • It helps to give you plenty of choice post 16
  • You think you might want to continue studying it post 16
  • Your research shows that it will interest you and motivate you to learn.

Bad reasons for choosing an option

  • Your friends have chosen it
  • You think it will be easy
  • You think it’s a good option for a boy/girl
  • Someone else thinks it is a good idea
  • You like the teacher you have now
  • You did not have time to research your options properly


Options booklet

We encourage students to follow the English Baccalaureate (that is, GCSEs in English, mathematics, a humanities subject, a language and a science subject) as this will help them secure access to the best universities and future employment. However we firmly believe that every child has talents in various subjects and should be encouraged to make their own choices at GCSE in subjects that they are interested in and will excel in.


All students will be given an Options booklet during Year 9. This booklet will have a full range of courses on offer in Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11).

The Year 9 Options Booklet can be found by clicking here

You will need to complete a Year 9 Options Form with your preferences and should have this ready for when you are contacted to discuss your options in the week of 20th-24th April. A copy for you to complete can be found by clicking  here

Important dates 2019-20

Key dates in the Year 9 Options process include:

  • Year 9 Options Evening: Wednesday 26th February 4.30pm-6.30pm
  • Monday 20th- Friday 24th April: Students will be contacted by Charter staff to discuss their options and make their selection.