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Welcome to the Year 8 options section of our website. 

Over the next few weeks, Year 8 students will be deciding which subjects to study in Years 9, 10 and 11. Some subjects are compulsory in the National Curriculum; others are optional.  This section of the website gives information about the Key Stage 4 curriculum, which you will start in September. The good news is, you have some choice in the subjects you will be studying! It is important that the subjects you and your parents/carers choose are the right ones for you — the ones you will be happy and successful doing. We hope that the information on these pages will support you in making these choices. 

At the bottom of this page you will find a presentation by Mr Banks.  This introductory presentation explains the core subjects you will be studying in Years 9-11. It will also explain the subjects you have a choice over studying (known as your option choices) in order to personalise your curriculum in Years 9 to 11 and should be watched before looking at the individual subject pages.  There is also a second presentation by Mr Banks under the Key Reminders section which should be watched once you have looked at the individual subject pages.  Other pages on this section of the website include:-

  • subject pages which give you information about each of the core and option subjects in Years 9 to 11
  • types of qualifications and the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc)
  • helpful advice when choosing your options, including details of useful websites and frequently asked questions
  • key reminders when choosing your options

The deadline to make your option choices is  Friday 26th March 2021. There will be further information nearer to this date about how to inform us of your option choices.

We find ourselves in very strange and unpredictable times.  COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives and has meant that we have had to alter how we run our options process this year.  Despite this, we will do everything that we can to make choosing your options as straight forward as possible.   There is lots of support available for you, both on this website and from your teachers, form tutors and your Progress Leader.  We are also planning taster lessons to give you a taste of what the option subjects are like in Years 9, 10 and 11, including those you don’t study in Year 8.  You can ask your teachers questions about their subjects and if they aren’t able to provide the answer or if your question is about a subject you aren’t currently studying, you or your parents/carers can email and we will provide the answer.

Good luck with choosing your options Year 8!


Mr Banks                                            Mrs Lynch

Deputy Headteacher                          Acting Progress Leader for Year 8



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