Year 9 Options

Year 9 Virtual Options Evening

To read the letter detailing the Options process, please click the link below.

Letter to parents re Options 2022 (12th January 2022)

Letter to parents re Virtual Options Evening 2022 (20th January 2022)

Sara Jacobs – Overview Presentation Recording – Tues 25th January

Click below to access the recording of Sara Jacobs’ Overview Presentation that was delivered at Virtual Options Evening on Tuesday 25th January.


Teacher Q&A sessions - Year 9 Options 2022

Fine Art Q & A
Marc Brooks
5.00-5.30 & 6.00-6.30
Photography Q & A
Claire Wakefield
5.00-5.30 & 6.00-6.30
Child Development Q&A
Nicola Bennett
5.30-6.00 & 6.30-7.00
Computer Science Q&A
Andy Workman
5.00-5.30 & 6.00-6.30
Creative Media Q & A
Andy Workman
5.00-5.30 & 6.00-6.30
Dance Q & A
Helen Elliot
4.30-5.00 & 5.30-6.00
Design and Technology Q&A
Ben Arthur
5.30-6.00 & 6.30-7.00
Drama Q & A
Rachel Keene
5.00-5.30 & 6.30-7.00
Food and Nutrition Q&A
Alison Crook
4.30-5.00 & 6.00-6.30
French Q&A
Caroline McConachie
4.30-5.00 & 5.30-6.00
Geography Q & A
Zoe Klampfer-Hall
4.30-5.00 & 5.30-6.00
History Q & A
Maddie Nash
5.00-5.30 & 6.00-6.30
Music Q&A
Emma Williams
5.00-5.30 & 6.00-6.30
Physical Education Q&A
Julian Powell
4.30-5.00 & 5.30-6.00
Separate Sciences Q&A
Maria Serven
5.00-5.30 & 6.00-6.30
Sport Studies Q&A
Dom Stapleton
4.30-5.00 & 5.30-6.00
Spanish Q&A
Caroline McConachie
4.30-5.00 & 5.30-6.00
Religious Studies Q&A
Zoe Brotherton
5.30-6.00 & 6.30-7.00
Maths Q & A
Michelle Barratt
English Q&A
Viv Oldfield

Year 9 Options Information

Year 9 students all attended the Options Assembly on 20th January 2022.

To help students with this important decision process, we have gathered together on this page a variety of useful information, tools and resources.

Options Booklet

Year 9 Options Booklet 2022-24 FINAL

Options Grid

Confused by Core Subjects, Guided Options, Free Options and Reserve Choices?

This grid will help!  Completing the Options Grid will help you to structure your thoughts and make sure you choose the right number of subjects within the relevant categories.  Give it a go!


Core GCSEs

Core GCSE SubjectExam Board information
English LanguageEnglish Language - Edexcel Exam Board information
English LiteratureEnglish Literature - Edexcel Exam Board information
MathsMaths - Edexcel Exam Board information
ScienceScience - Edexcel Exam Board information

This link takes you to the General Science GCSE page - this is the Core syllabus. To view the Separate Sciences offered as an additional Options subject, please use the drop-down menus once you reach the General Science page.

GCSE Options Subjects

Click on the links within the table below to access subject videos created by your teachers and Exam Board information for these Optional Subjects.  Some subjects have also provided leaflets and website links, for further reading.  Enjoy!

Fine Art

PhotographyChild Development
Computer ScienceCreative Media ProductionDance
Design and TechnologyDramaFood Preparation and Nutrition
MusicPhysical EducationSeparate Sciences
Sport StudiesSpanishReligious Studies

Career Pilot

To support our Year 9 students with the options process, we are introducing them to an online platform called Career Pilot.  This is an excellent resource, providing up to date careers information for students and parents – helping to answer key careers-related questions.

This link takes you to the main site.  Students will set up their login details during school sessions:

Career Pilot Homepage

There is also an area for parents, to guide you on how to support your child:

Career Pilot – Parent Zone

The following tabs will be of particular interest:

  • Choices at 14: discusses the parent’s role in supporting your child and common questions.
  • Job sectors and growth areas: answers your questions about which employment areas will have more jobs now and in the future.
  • Videos for parents