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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.
  • Students and parents should make the most of Parents' Evening and Options Evening - come along and talk to staff and older students about the subjects on offer and what the courses entail.
  • Together, 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 The wrong reasons
I am good at this subject I like the teacher
I know that this subject will help me to achieve my post-16 ambitions All my friends are doing this subject
I want to keep my options open so I have chosen a broad range of subjects The other choices are too difficult / boring
I have achieved good marks and feedback in that subject  


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Options Process Key Dates

December 2020

January 2021

  • 14th - Year 9 Parents' Evening

February 2021

  • The options process is introduced to students in Year 9 Assembly
  • Students complete the options preparation form and are given access to the options portal
  • Students find out more about option subjects during normal lessons

March 2021

April 2021

  • Options are confirmed and are sent to parents