Year 9 Options

Students in Year 9 will soon be making their option choices for the Key Stage 4 courses they will study in September 2023. The information and links provided here will give all the guidance and support needed in the transition process. Please note these links will be available from March 2024.

KS4 Curriculum

Throughout the first three years of their secondary education our students have received a broad and balanced curriculum following the National Curriculum guidelines. It is now time to prepare for new courses in Years 10 and 11 that will lead to GCSE and equivalent qualifications.

Most students will follow a core curriculum comprised of:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathmatics
  • Science (either 3 separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics OR a 2 GCSE combined science course in which all three sciences are studied but in less depth. The route will be determined by the Science department).
  • Games (non-examined)
  • Personal Development (non-examined, including: health, relationships/sexual education, careers, personal finance and religious studies).

KS4 Pathways

The subjects studied at this time are important but it is also important to keep in context that they do not dictate rigidly what students end up pursuing as a career. At this stage it is more important to make sure that any decisions made do not close doors which might be needed later on, rather than making firm commitments to qualifications needed for future jobs. Like most schools nationally, we will place students on broad pathways according to their current performance to ensure they are challenged but also able to cope with the demands of GCSE/vocational courses.

Letter to Parents January 2024

Letter to Parents February 2024

Options Booklet 2024


Links for online pathways

Green Pathway

Green Pathway (Modified 1)

Orange Pathway

Orange Pathway (Modified 1)


Get in touch.

Vicarage Hill
CA12 5QB

017687 72605