Year 9 Options: Making Good Choices

Things to Consider

Now is the time when you have to make some very important decisions regarding the subjects you will study during the next two years.  The decisions you make have important consequences, not only for your remaining school life but also for your later career.

Studying a broad range of subjects will ensure that your choice of career opportunities is as wide as possible: a balanced programme is vital.  Most employers and admission tutors look for young people with a broad general education as well as good quality grades.

It is not always necessary to have studied subjects in Years 10 and 11 in order to study them in the Sixth Form.  If you have questions or want to know more, see the teacher highlighted at the bottom of the subject information page.  It is vital for you to be as well-informed as possible to enable you to make sensible decisions.

  • you are good at it and think you will enjoy the subject
  • it links to a career idea
  • it will go well with your other choices
  • it will help you develop knowledge and skills that interest you
  • it will keep your options open in the future
  • you think that you might want to continue studying it after Year 11
  • your research shows that it will interest you and motivate you to learn
  • your friends have chosen it
  • you think it will be easy
  • you think it is a good course for a boy/girl to do
  • someone else thinks that it is a good idea
  • you like the teacher you have now
  • you didn’t have time to research your options properly

Options: Key Dates 2022

  • w/c Mon 31 Jan
    • Year 9 Assemblies
    • Virtual Launch to Parents/Carers
  • Weds 9 February Submission of Options Morning choices
  • Thurs 17 February Taster Day, Periods 1 and 2
  • Tues 1 March Year 9 Parent/Teacher Consultation on SchoolCloud
  • Wed 16 March Deadline for submission of GCSE options
  • March-May Processing of options forms
    • Consultation with individual students
    • Final option choices confirmed
  • May/June Students informed of options choices
  • September 2022 Courses commence