Our Year 8 2021-2024 Options

On this page you will find a summary of the 2021 Options process

Further information will be available at our Options Evening on Thurs 11th Feb 5:00-7:00pm via Teams.

What will I be studying in September 2021?

In September 2021 we will continue with a two-week timetable - this means you will have one timetable for Week A and one for Week B, which will alternate.

All students will be studying the core subjects for 30 out of the 50 lessons per fortnight.

In the remaining 20 lessons students will complete four option choices which they will complete over three years of study.

Core Provision - You will study all of these subjects

English Language English Literature Mathematics
Core PE Combined Science PSHE/RE

What do I have to choose?

Core EBacc Provision - You will study one of these subjects

GCSE Geography GCSE History


In each option block you are asked to choose your first and second choice subject.

When you select your choice you must consider the following:

  • You must choose to study either History or Geography (all students will study one of these subjects.  It is also possible for students to study both of these subjects)
  • The second subject you may choose will be French or Spanish (students who have been recommended to study a modern foreign language will have received a letter notifying them of this) or your first choice from all of our available subjects
  • Your remaining choices from all of our available options

Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

Block 4



Sport Science (only choose this if you choose Geography in block 3)



Computer Science




Hospitality & Catering




Triple Science




Health & Social Care



Art & Design


Hospitality & Catering



Sport Science

Travel & Tourism


What should I consider when making my choices?

What is right for you…taking into account your experience so far in Year 7 and 8.

Try to give yourself a broad and balanced range of choices.

Think about what you enjoy, what you have had previous success in and ask staff what areas you have the potential to achieve success in.

You should not select a subject because your friend is choosing it or because you think a certain member of staff may teach it.


What is the English Baccalaureate?

In order to achieve the EBacc a student would need to secure grade 4 or above in 6 GCSEs from 5 subject areas:

English (Language)     Maths     2 GCSE Sciences (combined sciences, or combinations of separate Sciences OR Computer Science)      MFL (Spanish or French)      Humanities (History or Geography only)

This combination of subjects may be important for opportunities in further and higher education and employment, and is particularly valid for students with University aspirations.


Where can I get more information and who will support me?

The Options evening is on Thursday 11th February and you should have received a separate letter about this.

The subject teachers and leaders identified on the detail pages are the best sources of subject specific information.

The Two Counties Trust and school advisor – Jemma Barrett - will be happy to discuss your choices with you and we can arrange a time for you to discuss your questions with her remotely.

Current students are a valuable source of information.  Past students and Parents/Carers may have valuable experience they can share.

Senior staff, especially Mrs Stone, Ms Coleman (Head of KS3) and Mr Underwood are always available and will answer any questions or concerns.


What will happen next?

The online option choice area will open on Monday 22nd February (after half term) with choices needing completion by Friday 26th February. During March/April/May if school circumstances allow, all students will then receive a personal interview with a senior member of staff to discuss their choices