The Year 9 Options Process

What is the Year 9 Options Process?

The Year 9 options process involves parents, students and staff working together to decide the best subjects for students to study at Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11). 

This is an exciting opportunity to reflect on the future aspirations of our students, allowing them to consider the pathway they will take to post-16 education. We want students to make the best choices for their future success and, as such, this programme of study requires careful consideration. The options process has therefore been carefully designed to encourage students to be reflective and support them in making informed and balanced decisions.

Getting the right combination of subjects is crucial at this stage. To guide you, we have put together a series of information and aimed to answer a lot of the most common questions in this collection of web pages. You will also see from the step by step guide that there a number of opportunities to discuss these decisions with staff who will offer support and guidance to your child throughout the options process.

Should you have any questions, please contact your child’s tutor or Mr Massie, Head of Year 9. We also have a dedicated options email address - - should you have any questions about the process itself.

What is a broad and balanced curriculum?

It is important that we ensure that all students follow a broad and balanced curriculum that is appropriate for their academic ability. 

All students will study the core subjects. The majority of students will also continue to study a modern foreign language (either French or Spanish) and either geography or history, meaning they can choose two further optional subjects.

The section titled ‘Choosing your options’ includes more information on how to access the online options portal. In January, students will be able to log in and see which subjects they must continue to study and which are available as options.

How will students be supported?

Students will be supported by their tutor, subject teachers and senior members of staff throughout the options process. The videos below show how students found the transition from Year 9 into Year 10.

Key Dates

December 2018

3rd - Students are given a login to the Start Profile website.

4th - The options process is introduced to students.

January 2019

7th - Students complete the options preparation form and the Year 9 Reports are sent home to parents.

Week beginning 7th - Students are given access to the options portal.

17th - Year 9 Parents' Evening

24th - Year 9 Options Evening

14th-28th - Students make provisional option choices 

28th - Year 9 Options Interviews start

March 2019

Options are confirmed and are sent to parents