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What advice would you give to students and parents?


Students should talk to parents about their interests and discuss which subjects they enjoy and do well in.


Students should consider what they would like to do in the future and what subjects would help them to achieve this.

TickTogether, research post-16 courses and consider which subjects would be relevant.


Encourage variety in the subjects chosen by students – this will allow for greater choice post-16


Choose subjects for the right reasons:                                               

The right reasons
I am good at this subject
I know that this subject will help me to achieve my post-16 ambitions
I want to keep my options open so I have chosen a broad range of subjects
I have achieved good marks and feedback in that subject
The wrong reasons
I like the teacher
All my friends are doing this subject
The other choices are too difficult / boring


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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