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Year 9 Options

Students embarking on Key Stage 4 will be making important decisions about their future in the coming weeks. Choices made now will affect their achievement, enjoyment and career path.

A student’s success at Key Stage 4 is vitally important when employers, schools, colleges and universities make decisions on candidates’ suitability. Therefore, it is essential that students, parents and the school work together to ensure the best Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is provided. Collectively, we must ensure that every student’s progress is maximised whilst receiving every opportunity to succeed.

GCSE courses and their equivalences are increasingly rigorous and require a mature approach to academic work. Students should select courses that they are interested in, committed to and provide the best opportunities for success.

It is important that students are guided so that they make the most appropriate choices. Parents, tutors and subject teachers have a role to play in this. Each student will be offered the opportunity to meet and discuss option choices. The school’s careers advisors will use information on current assessments, aspirations, aptitude, and motivation to guide students to the most appropriate pathway. Our careers advisors will then be able to suggest the particular subjects in which each student is likely to be the most successful.


Key Dates Options process 2019-20


12th November 2019

Year 9 Options Assembly


12TH November 2019


Year 9 Parent’s Evening

26th November 2019

Year 9 Options Evening


13th December 2019

Option form returned to L Cole and L Jenkins


January / February 2020

Options blocks created

Check viability of courses

March 2020

Confirmation of options sent to parents