KS4 Options Choices

After Easter we will be sharing with students the option choices for GCSEs and BTEC courses that they will study in Years 10 and 11. The KS4 Options Choices booklet can be found here: KS4 Options Choices Booklet April 2021

In the first few weeks of term 5, students will explore with their tutors the choices available to them. Tutors and subject leads will provide information about the different pathways and subjects they can take. During students’ tutor sessions they will have presentations about the various subjects available to them and they will be given opportunities to ask questions about each subject and the best pathways available to them.

It will not be possible to hold a conventional Open Evening for parents and students. Instead, we will make available subject presentations and guidance on making the right choices. We will also hold a live albeit virtual question and answer session on Tuesday 4th May. Parents will be able to hear presentations and ask questions to teachers about the option choices they are offering. Students are required to submit their choices by Wednesday 18th May. Once students have had the opportunity to discuss their option choices with families, tutor and where necessary Head of House, Head of Year and Mrs Fletcher they will be ready to complete the ‘Online Options Choices Form’ (we will share this with you Term 5).

  • Term 5 – (w/c 19th April) Options choices GCSE and BTEC shared with students. Online choices form made available to students and parents
  • 4th May 2021 Virtual Q&As virtual session – more info to follow
  • 18th May 2021 Deadline to submit choices

We have delayed this process to give students as much time as possible back in regular lessons in school. As you are aware the health and safety constraints and lockdowns this academic year have made running the Year 9 Design and Technology and Creative Arts subjects particularly tricky. We have decided that it is best to rotate the students’ current choice the week beginning 17th May as this will provide enough weeks to complete meaningful practical projects in each of the subjects they are following. Unfortunately, this does not fit particularly well with the KS4 options timeline. It is important therefore that they talk with teachers carefully during the options process to ensure that they make the choices that are right for them.

Update-8th March 2021
Year 9 Creative Arts and Design and Technology choices will be ‘restarted’ so that students have an opportunity to experience their first and second choice in each discipline in practical rooms. Dance will be made available to students who expressed an interest in this, in one of their PE lessons after the Easter holiday.

Choices include:

  • Design and Technology – Hospitality and Catering, Product Design and Computing
  • Creative Arts – Drama, Art, Music

Students study 2 subjects from Design and Technology and 2 subjects from Creative Arts.

If you have any questions regarding the curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs S. Fletcher Vice Principal – Curriculum, Teaching and Learning