February 5th, 2021

Year 8s Start Their Options Process

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This morning, our year 8 students attended a virtual options assembly delivered by our Headteacher, Mr Turton. The assembly was an introduction to the process that all students in the year will be going through over the next few weeks to choose their options for year 9.

Although there will be no formal qualifications given in year 9, the aim of these options is to equip the students with the foundation skills and knowledge for year 10 & 11, when their formal examinations will take place. It’s a starting point for our vision – ‘to send every young person into the world able and qualified to play their full role in it’.

The students were introduced to the faculties that they can choose to study next year – each student will get to study two of these. Within these faculties, there will be related disciplines/subjects that they will learn, which they can then choose to specialise in when it comes to year 10 & 11. 

For example: if the chosen faculty is Social Science, the student will study Childcare and Health & Social Care on a rotational basis throughout the year. After learning the foundation knowledge for these disciplines, they may then choose to specialise in Childcare of Health & Social Care in year 10 & 11.

A Google Form will be sent out to students over the next few weeks to add in their chosen faculties. We aim to give all students their first and second choice but we ask students to rank their top four faculties from the list in case for whatever reason, we cannot offer a particular subject.

Mr Turton’s dos and don’ts when choosing options: 

Do choose a subject that you enjoy

Do choose a subject that you understand what it entails and how it is assessed

Do choose a subject that you’re good at 

Do choose a subject that is suited to your aptitude and personality

Do choose a subject that is related to your ambitions

Do choose a subject that compliments your learning style 


Don’t choose a subject just because you like the teacher

Don’t choose a subject just because your friends have chosen it

Don’t choose a subject because parents want you to do it

Don’t choose a subject because it is an ‘easy option’ – there is no easy options and they all have challenges built in

Next step:

We will be hosting a virtual options evening on Wednesday 24th February for parents and students. There will be a presentation delivered by Mr Turton and then there will be a chance to break out into separate talks with faculty leaders to get more information about particular subjects.

“This morning, in our assembly, we began your journey towards your personalised curriculum. Year 9 is your foundation year and one that is crucial in preparing you for your GCSE curriculum in Year 10. Remember, you are in the driving seat now, and you’re beginning to shape your own education!” – Mr Turton

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