Year 8 in to 9 Options

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May 11th 2021

Dear Year 8 students and parents / carers,

I am writing to share information about the Year 8 into Year 9 choices that we do in term 5. These are small changes designed to help you personalise your school curriculum and make it more relevant to your future GCSEs.

Most subjects are still compulsory for example you will continue studying the following subjects:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Religious Studies
  • French
  • PE

However, you are allowed to focus your studies in Design and Creative Arts by choosing the two subjects in each block that you enjoy and that you might be interested in taking for GCSE.

Block A Subjects are :

  • Engineering
  • Fashion and Textiles
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Product Design

Block B subjects are:

  • Art
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Spanish
  • Computing

Helping you to make the right choice

To help you make these decisions, there is a video (above) that has a talk from me about the whole process. Please watch and listen carefully and if you have any questions please e-mail me at

What next?

In a weeks’ time, I will send your parents a reminder and I will send you a link to a online form that you will need to fill in carefully with your choices. You need to rank your choices from 1 (most want to do) to 4 or 6 (least like to do). We try to ensure that most student get 2 of their top 3 subjects.

Please watch the presentation on the school website and start thinking about your options. I will be in touch again next week.