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Year 8 Options

Welcome to the Year 8 options process. Below you will find some information explaining the process and what it means for you and your child. Having familiarised yourselves with this, please then click the subject tabs on the left to navigate to information and videos relating to each subject, to assist you and your child to make the best possible decision for
Year 9. 

Year 8 Options Timeline

Action Date
Assembly to the year 8’s to share the options process 21st March
Parent forum to discuss year 8 mini options  4:45pm – 5:30pm 2nd May
Mini options week 29th April - 3rd May
Option form shared with students by email 3rd May
Options form completed and compiled 13th May



Year 8 Options Introduction From Mr Edwards, Assistant Headteacher

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Year 8 Head of Year Introduction

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Year 9 Curriculum

Students begin their Key Stage four GCSE learning in year 10. This option process is not to determine GCSE options.

Students are taught a broad and balanced curriculum in year 9 which enables them to develop a deeper knowledge and the opportunity to master the required skills of a subject before selecting their final GCSE choices at the end of year 9.

All student will study our core subjects of English, mathematics, science, geography, history, a language, physical education, art, music and design technology. Computing skills are further developed across the curriculum. Additionally our combined citizenship, RE and PSHE curriculum continues to be taught in all year groups and is collectively referred to as ‘religion and society’.

Students will also have the opportunity to choose two subjects which they wish to study for two hours a week per subject. This extra time will afford students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in subject areas they are interested in pursuing.

We will also be providing additional literacy and/or numeracy lessons for a small number of students instead of the option choices. These students will be identified and parents contacts separately.

Year 9 Timetable Allocation

Core curriculum












Language; French or Spanish


Religion and society


Physical Education


Art, design technology and Music

1 period on rotation

Option 1


Option 2


Year 9 Options Process

Students must choose five subjects in order of preference and submit them on the google form that will be distributed to student email addresses. We will endeavour to give students their first and second choices as their two options. Where this is not possible, we will refer to their other preferences so please ensure that students consider deeply their third, fourth and fifth preferences.

Students will choose a combination of the following subjects.









Design technology

There is more information about each of these subjects on the left hand side of this page. Please click on these links to learn more about the content of each course before making your final decision. If you are unsure please contact your form tutors, subject leaders and teachers for advice, we will all be happy to help.

Curriculum Principles

 Our curriculum is designed to support all young people to become:

  • successful learners - who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.
  • confident individuals - who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
  • responsible citizens - who make a positive contribution to society.

We provide programmes of learning that respond to students’ individual needs and interests, preparing them for the next stage of their education/training.