Year 8 Options

Recent changes in education policy have meant that there is a need for students to have more time to complete their GCSE and BTEC qualifications. Therefore, students will be choosing their options in year 8. Hence they will have three years in Key Stage 4, during this time they will study a minimum of eight subjects.

Combined science: 4/5 periods per week
English language/English literature: 5 periods per week
Mathematics: 4 periods per week
History or geography: 3 periods per week
Physical education: 1 period per week
Religious education: 2 periods per week
Modern foreign languages: 3 periods per week (German/Spanish is compulsory on some pathways)

The remainder of the subjects on the timetable are then blocked in certain groups and each student has to choose a subject within that group. Each group is designed to ensure that each student can study subjects that are appropriate to them, and give them the best opportunity to maximise their potential. Students will also be aware of what this subject will enable them to study after successful completion of the course.

Students will spend time in their tutor groups discussing the subjects that are available to them, the content that they will study and how they will be assessed. Your child will complete a practice option form to help in the organisation of the options. Please keep yourself informed of the subjects that they are thinking of taking; discuss and help in their choices.

The Academy will be willing to help if you are having problems.

Download the year 8 options booklet HERE.


  • Wednesday 7th November 2018 – Assembly to outline option process to students.
  • Wednesday 14th November / Thursday 15th November – Parental information evenings – options process and support available in decision making outlined. Students receive an information pack containing options booklet and options form for their learning pathway.
  • Friday 11th January 2019 – Key Stage 4 taster day. Students select four potential subjects to have a trial lesson in.
  • Monday 14th January –Trial option run: students will be asked to fill in their option sheet and return them to their progress tutors by Monday 21st January. This trial run is for us to gain an idea of the initial interest in subjects and determine which are viable to run; students can still change their mind at this stage.
  • Wednesday 6th February – Year 8 Parents Evening – Parents and students have an opportunity to discuss option choices with teaching staff.
  • Monday 4th March- Students will be given their final option sheet.
  • Monday 11th March – Year 8 Options Afternoon 2-6pm. Students and parents to attend an appointment with a senior member of staff to discuss option choices. Final option sheets to be handed into progress tutors by Monday 18th March.


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