When do pupils choose their options?

Pupils will choose their options at the end of the Spring term.  The deadlines for each stage of this process will be published in the Year 9 Options Information Booklet.  This will be posted home and also appear on the website.

How many options do pupils take?

Currently boys study four options in addition to their core and compulsory curriculum. We are reviewing this for the current Year 9 as part of our annual curriculum review. We will publish the outcome on the website and in the Year 9 Options Information Booklet.

How are pupils supported through the process if lockdown is extended?

All Year 9 pupils have been added to a Google Classroom called Year 9 Options Guidance. This is updated daily with information.  Information is also posted on the website regularly.

What advice and guidance will be provided to make sure pupils choose options that are appropriate and suitable?

Each pupil will be scheduled a 10 minute interview with a member of staff.  This will either be face:face, or online via a piece of video software.  Parents will be contacted with further details of this.

What are Guided Pathways? 

We want to ensure every pupil picks subjects that will give them the appropriate challenge and breadth. By guiding and advising them to follow a specific pathway we can ensure this and not limit their opportunities beyond school. There will be detailed information about the different pathways in the Year 9 Options Information Booklet.  These will also be explained and discussed during pupil guidance and advice meetings.

What is the difference between core and compulsory subjects and option subjects? 

  • Core subjects are English Mathematics and Science
  • Compulsory Subjects are Religious Education and PE 
  • Options Subjects are chosen from a list of available courses in addition to  core and compulsory subjects.

Do all pupils have to study Mathematics, English and Science?

Yes, these are compulsory parts of the National Curriculum (all pupils study Science with an opportunity for the study of Separate Science for those who wish to deepen their study of Science further). 

Do all pupils have to study Religious Education?

Yes, it is a National Curriculum requirement that we provide Religious Education at KS4. As a Catholic school, we feel it is a priority that all pupils study GCSE RE.

Do all pupils have to study Physical Education?

Yes, it is a compulsory part of the National Curriculum. The time for PE is accredited through the OCR National Certificate in Sports Studies and Sports Science and this recognises the importance of health and fitness in our lives.

What is the English Baccalaureate (EBacc)?

We recommend that pupils on the Burgundy pathway follow the EBacc route and study a Language and a Humanities subject (Geography and/or History) in addition to English, Mathematics and Science. This keeps young people’s options open for further study and future careers. A study by the UCL Institute of Education shows that studying subjects included in the EBacc provides pupils with greater opportunities in further education and increases the likelihood that a pupil will stay on in full-time education. Studying the EBacc can help improve a young person’s performance in English and Maths. There is more information about this on the EBacc Page on the website.

Can I study two languages?

Yes, providing they fit in with your other option choices. You cannot choose two subjects from the same block as they are taught at the same time.

Can I study History and Geography?

Yes, providing they fit in with your other option choices. You cannot choose two subjects from the same block as they are taught at the same time.

Do I have to use one of my Options if I want to study Separate Science?

No, there will be provision for pupils to study Separate Science as part of their timetabled Science curriculum.

Who do I speak to if I have further questions about the options process?

Please email Miss Lindop Assistant Headteacher (Curriculum) k.lindop@sfx1842.org