Soon all pupils in Year 9 will be making their option choices. This part of the website is dedicated to Year 9 curriculum choices. There is also a comprehensive guidance booklet for you to work through with your son, this will be published here soon.

The links provided give information about the different pathways students have been advised to follow, videos about the option subjects and FAQ’s around the curriculum choices process. in adition to this, information is also posted regularly in the Year 9 Options Guidance Google Classroom.

To help your son start to think about the options process our Curriculum Leaders have created some information videos about each of their subjects.

We will be updating this part of the website regularly with key information and important dates to support parents, carers and pupils, and help them to make informed decisions about their KS4 curriculum.

It is vitally important that the choices made at Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) are the correct ones, because all students must do one of the following until they are 18:

  • Stay in full-time education, for example at a college
  • Start an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training

At Key Stage 4, pupils must study the core subjects of English and Maths. As a Catholic school, it is a priority that all pupils study GCSE RE. 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. All pupils study Science with an option for the study of Separate Science for those who wish to deepen their study of Science further.

Our curriculum offers flexibility and choice within a guided structure. In response to government curriculum changes, the options are more varied and increased in number than in previous years.

Within this framework, which can accommodate the ‘English Baccalaureate’, pupils can take between ten and eleven GCSEs according to their abilities.

Predominantly our level 2 courses are GCSE. We have the same academic, technical or vocational ambitions for all learners, and offer a small number of other level 2 Qualifications; BTEC Diplomas, Cambridge National and OCR National Certificates and Technical Awards for those who find this assessment pathway more accessible.