Step by Step Guide


Step 1: The options process is launched through assembly. Students and parents explore the options website together.

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Step 2: In PD lessons, students explore Start Profile and research future careers ideas. They are provided with a login name and password which is stuck in their logbooks to allow them to access this website from home.

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Step 3: Students complete an options preparation form which helps them to reflect on their strengths and achievements and consider which subjects they would like to explore at Options Evening. Students are also given access to the options portal.  

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Step 4: Students and parents are invited to attend Year 9 Parents' Evening. This is an opportunity for parents to receive feedback on their child's learning to date.

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Step 5: Options Evening will be held in March. This is a excellent opportunity to find out more about the options process and what to consider as students make their choices.

If you missed Options Evening online this year, please find a recording below:

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Step 6: Students and parents log on to the options portal and select their provisional option choices.

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Step 7: Students are given an interview time to meet with a senior member of staff to discuss their option choices. 

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Step 8: Students attend their interview and finalise their choices. 

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Step 9: A letter is sent to parents informing them of the subjects chosen at interview. Parents are asked to confirm these choices in order to finalise the options process by signing and returning the letter.

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Step 10: Students start their GCSE curriculum in September of Year 10.

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