Year 8 Options


During the Spring of Year 8 your son will choose the subjects he wishes to study at Key Stage 4 in addition to the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, and Physical Education.

He will need to choose four further subjects, plus reserve subjects, and will need to think carefully about this, and speak to lots of different people. What does he enjoy? What is he good at? What does he want to do when he leaves school? Has he thought about a career? Click here for information about Adviza Careers service. 

We encourage boys who are aspiring for places at university to study for The English Baccalaureate, meaning he will need to choose a modern foreign language and Geography or History, or both. Whilst this is encouraged, we recognise that each student will have his own particular strengths, talents and areas of interest. We strongly urge all students to opt for a range of courses to support their future progression rather than following a narrow field.

The options process runs throughout the Spring term of Year 8 and includes an information evening for parents as well as the publication of our Options Booklet and our popular Options Event – a chance to come and talk informally to and about the subjects the boys are hoping to study at Key Stage 4.

To ensure your son makes the most appropriate choices for his future, we support him in a variety of ways through this process. We offer:

  • Focused 'Options' assemblies
  • Specific 'Careers' lessons within Personal Development
  • One-to-one meetings with the careers advisor
  • 'Taster' lessons in some new subjects
  • Support from Head of Year, Tutor and Student Support Managers
  • An Options Evening
  • Offer of further meetings with various pastoral staff

Key contacts throughout this process are:

  • Angela Walker - Careers Advisor
  • Head of Year 8
  • Mr Irwin - Deputy Headteacher
  • Mrs Foster, Miss Jones & Mrs Chenery - Inclusion Support
  • Subject teachers

Their personalised details can all be found under the "Contact Us" tab at the top of the website.



Mr Irwin's presentation regarding the Year 8 Options,13th January 2022:

Important Dates for the Options Process 2022

Tuesday 13th January
Year 8 Options Parents Information Evening.

W/C 17th January
Options Assembly for Year 8 - remote via Satchel:One

Tuesday 8th February
Year 8 Remote Parent Consultation Evening

w/c 14th February
Options assembly with the 'Options Booklet' distributed/emailed

Monday 7th March
Confirmation of which route – Ebacc or Open, we advise for each student will be sent home to support the consideration of different combination of Option subjects over the half-term break.

Wednesday 9th March
Options Event - This is an opportunity for parents and students to discuss their option choices with subject teachers and Heads of Faculty. This will be a live event in school, 5:30-7:30pm.

Mid-late March
Opportunities for students to sign up to ‘taste’ option subjects. These sessions will require students to sign up in advance. - TBC

1st April 
The last day to submit the option choices form

All student option choice forms will be reviewed by a senior member of staff to check that there is a good ‘breadth and balance’ of subject choices which support aspiration for future pathways. 

Written confirmaiton of your son's option choices for Key Stage 4 will be sent our prior to the summer holidays.


Page Downloads Date  
Careers and Options handout 17th Jan 2020 Download
Guidance Notes on How to use SIMS Option... 24th Mar 2021 Download
Option FAQ sheet for parents 2022 08th Mar 2022 Download
PIE option presentation 2022 2 08th Mar 2022 Download
Options booklet 2022 09th Mar 2022 Download

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