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    Year 8/9 Options

    Please click here to view the Year 8 Options Evening Presentation

    Please click here to view the Year 9 Options Evening Presentation

    Why are you decisions important?

    The choices and decisions pupils make when choosing their options will have a significant impact on their futures. These decisions should not be made lightly, so we offer pupils and parents as much support as we can, to ensure they follow the right path.

    What can pupils choose?

    Not all pupils will be able to choose all subjects. Every pupil receives a personalised letter which explains their specific option choices. These are based on pupils’ progress since joining the school and their teacher’s knowledge of them. Pupils will be offered the opportunity to study economics based on their progress in mathematics and triple science based on their progress in science during KS3. The full list of options available to pupils can be seen in the guide to options below.

    Should pupils take a language?

    Yes. If a pupil is capable of studying a language then we highly recommend that they do so. Languages form part of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) suite of subjects including English, mathematics, the sciences, history or geography and a language. Where pupils are considering University post 18, these subjects are particularly important as some courses expect pupils to have studied some of these facilitating subjects in the Sixth Form as well. Indeed to study at UCL a language at GCSE is required.

    With 90% of pupils nationally expected to study a language at GCSE by 2020, pupils should think very hard before making their option choices so that they do not disadvantage themselves in the future.

    Who can help?

    It is important that you have as much information and advice as possible. There are a number of people you can speak to from Mr Leonard to pupils Form Tutors, others in their Form and pupils Head of House. Pupils and parents can also speak to Mr Windsor who leads on Options in the school and Mr Towsey, our Careers Co-ordinator. He is based in the Careers Centre (next to S19) and pupils can visit him at any point.

    What is the process?

    Below you can see the 2017 guide to options which outlines the current timeline for the process of pupils making their GCSE choices. Dates will change to fit into each school year but the process remains the same. Pupils will receive information regarding the process in an Autumn Term assembly. We ensure we give parents and pupils as much information and support as possible before options are chosen so that pupils make the best choices for them and their future.