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GCSE Options

GCSE Options

Our model involves students selecting their Options subjects in Year 8, ready to start at the beginning of Year 9.

We have developed a very strong curriculum model that enables the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum to be covered in Years 7 and 8, and for students to continue with a broad and balanced curriculum as they move into Year 9, whilst also being able to tailor subjects to their particular interests.

The vast majority of our students will complete the ‘EBacc’ (English Baccalaureate) route, involving taking a Modern Foreign Language, plus History or Geography, plus two additional subjects of their choice. As a large school, we are able to offer an exciting range of subjects which students find motivating and inspiring as they begin Year 9. For more detail, please see our Options Booklet.

There is a comprehensive programme of support for students in Year 8 as they make their choices:


Thursday 4th January 2024

Initial information given out in assemblies with Mr Bowie.  Assembly and Options form published on website.

Friday 5th January 2024

Options booklet containing the Options form and information about all the courses published on the website and given out in PDT.

Week beginning 8th January 2024

Life Learning lesson on Option choices

Thursday 11th January 2024 

Parents’ Evening with your subject teachers.

Wednesday 17th January 2024 

Deep Learning Day - Taster sessions in new subjects

Thursday 25th January 2024

Options Evening, where you will have a chance to find out more about the process and the courses available to you. 

Friday 23rd February 2023

Deadline for Options Form to be submitted to your form mentor.  Please make sure you meet this deadline.

March/April 2024

A number of students may be invited to see a member of the leadership team to clear up any problems and to check that the choices you have made are appropriate for you.  Your parents will be involved in these discussions.

June 2024

Students’ options are confirmed in writing to parents.


Year 8 Options Assembly 2024

Year 8 Options Booklet 2024

Year 8 Options Form 2024