Making curriculum choices in Year 9 is a very important decision as it will shape your time at school for the next two years and beyond. It is also an exciting opportunity to think very carefully about your future aspirations and how you can build upon your strengths to achieve them.
There will be core subjects that everyone will study but you will also have a choice of optional subjects. It is important to choose subjects that you enjoy and are interested in so that you will be motivated to work hard.
Take advice from your current subject teacher and think about the way the course and exams are structured. This process of researching, reflection and discussion is very important as we offer a range of subjects, including some that were not studied in Key Stage 3. It is therefore essential to take time to understand what each course offers, what combinations are possible, and what is most suitable for each student as an individual.
As well as thinking about choosing the subjects that feel right for you, think about how these choices could help to prepare you for your next steps.
Year 9 Parents’ Evening
Choosing your courses in Year 9 is the first step in an exciting journey. At St Thomas a Becket, we provide you with information and advice to help you to make those informed decisions. The first important step is our Year 9 Parents’ evening, when you will be able to speak to staff from the various subjects on offer as well as our careers advisor, Mrs Sally Hodgkinson.
Our 2022-24 Year 9 Options Booklet has been printed and distributed to students in their options assembly when the process was explained. You can also view and download this year’s options booklet here.
Supporting you to make the right choices
Our staff are available via email to provide support, guidance and advice throughout the options process.
At the end of term 2, parents receive a link that will enable them to confirm their choices via our online form along with the deadline date for submitting their choices.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact your child’s Form Teacher, our Head of Year 9, Mr Lyons or Assistant Headteacher, Mrs Sanderson.
Good reasons for choosing an option:
- You are good at the subject and you enjoy it
- Your research shows that it will interest you and motivate you to learn
- It helps to give you plenty of choice post 16
- It fits your career ideas and plans
Bad reasons for choosing an option:
- Your friends have chosen it
- You think it will be easy
- You like the teacher you have now for this subject
- Year 9 Options Assembly: Wednesday 30th March 2022
- Year 9 Parents’/Options Evening (online): Wednesday 6th April 2022
- Year 9 Parent Link for option choices: Thursday 7th April 2022
- Year 9 Options deadline: 26th April 2022