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Year 9

You can find information here about school life in Year 9.

Options Process

There are two stages to the options process:

1. Preferences

The first stage is the College trying to find out from you what you would like to do. As well as the information in this booklet you will get opportunities to find out more about each of the subjects available, including visiting some Y10/11 lessons to see them in action. Then you have to tell us your preferences.

You are being asked to indicate which subjects you would prefer to study by ranking the subjects you think you would most like to study from 1 to 5, with 1 being your top preference. You should consider ranking highly those courses that you think you would enjoy and be successful in. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to offer all of these courses. We will construct an Options grid that reflects the preferences of as many students as possible. You will not automatically be able to study your top preferences.

2. Choices

With the Year 9.2 report on Thursday 14 February you will get the Options Form, a grid that will give you the choices you can make for the next one/two years. Using this booklet, and the Options Form, you will have to choose which courses will work best for you.

On Friday 15 February we will run an ‘Options Day’, trying to help you get all the information you need to inform your choices. We will also invite your parents to join you from mid-day so they can speak to subject teachers.

You will need to submit your options choices using an online form by Thursday 21 March, which is the Y9 Parents’ Evening.

Your overall choices should be appropriate to any specific career that you have in mind and be sufficiently balanced to leave as many Post-16 options open to you as is possible. You should avoid taking courses for weak reasons such as choosing subjects solely because your friends have selected them.

Once we have all the Option choices submitted we will create a timetable that meets the choices of as many students as possible within staffing and budgetary constraints. We will then involve you and your parents in finalising the right combination of subjects for you.  Your Year 10 (including these new courses) begins on Tuesday 2 July 2019.

Important Dates

5 December

Y9 Options Evening

Thursday 12 December

Preferences on-line form emailed to parents

20 December

Deadline for completing preferences form

Monday 13 January – Friday 7 February 2020

Guidance interviews

Thursday 13 February 2020

Options form distributed with 9.2 report

Friday 14 February 2020

Year 9 Options Day

Options on-line form emailed to parents

Monday 9 March 2020

Y9 Tutor Evening – deadline for submission of on-line options form

May 2020

Confirmed option choices emailed to parents

Thursday 18 June

9.3 data and student Timetable for 2020/21 sent home

Tuesday 30 June

Y10 starts, new timetables implemented


Please follow the instructions on how to submit your preferences and option choices and meet the deadline for returning them if you want your views to count.

Download the Options presentation here

Download the 2019/20 Options booklet here

Download the 2020/21 Options form here