Letter to Parents/Carers regarding Year 9 Options 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 Subjects

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.

In addition to the compulsory subjects, students will be asked to pick two options, one from each of the blocks below in addition to a humanities subject.

compulsory subjects

humanities subject options

options block A

options block B

All students study:

Students will study one of these:

Students will study one of these:

Students will study one of these:

English Language

English Literature


Combined Science


PE (non-examined)

PSHE (non-examined)




Business Studies

Computer Science


Food Preparation and Nutrition



Triple Science *


Business Studies

Computer Science




* Please note that this option will only be available to selected students due to the demanding nature of the subject.

The videos below answer the three key questions students and parents ask when considering options:

  • Why should I/my child study this subject?
  • What makes a good student in this subject?
  • What careers can this subject lead to?


Please click here for Drama

Please click here for English

Please click here for Food and Nutrition

Please click here for History

Please click here for Music

Please click here for Sports Science

Please click here for Photography

Please click here for R.E.

Please click here for Spanish

Please click here for Geography

Please click here for Business Studies

Please click here for Careers

Please click here for Maths

Please click here for Computer Science

Please click here for Art


Key Dates 2021/22

Key dates in the Year 9 Options process include:

  • Wednesday 5th May: Options drop in 3.15pm-4.15pm with Mr Murray, Head of Year 9 and Ms Riches, Careers Lead
  • Wednesday 12th May: Options drop in 3.15pm-4.15pm with Mr Murray, Head of Year 9 and Ms Riches, Careers Lead
  • Monday 10th May-Friday 21st May: Students will have an individual options guidance meeting with our Careers Lead, Ms Riches.
  • Friday 28th May: Students must have made their option choices via an online system (please see letter to parents for more details)