Year 8 Options

Options Process 

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 Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science (either Combined or 'Triple' separate sciences)
  • Personal Development (PD, not examined)
  • Physical Education (Core PE, not examined)
  • Ethics & Moraility (not examined, year 9 only)
  • Computer Science (IT skills, not examined, year 9 only)

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:


Miss Thom's Parent Information Evening 2024 recording:

Miss Thom's Loom
Miss Collins' Careers Loom


Options Booklet - 2024



Important Dates for the Options Process 2024



Wednesday 17th January

Options Parent Information Event

w/c 22nd January

Options Assembly for Year 8 Students

w/c 5th February

Year 8 data drop published

Half Term

Wednesday 21st February

Options Event for students and families

During Term 4

Taster sessions in ‘new’ subjects (requires sign up) - TBC

Monday 18th March

Option form submission deadline

Prior to the summer holiday

Written confirmation of your son’s option choices for Key Stage 4



Page Downloads Date  
Guidance Notes on How to use SIMS Option... 24th Mar 2021 Download
FAQ Sheet for Options 2024 23rd Jan 2024 Download
Student Options Booklet 2024 09th Feb 2024 Download

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