Year 9 Options

At St. Mary's, pupils can expect to study these subjects in Years 10 and 11:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Combined or Triple)
  • Religious Studies
  • History or Geography

In addition to this, pupils may be guided to choose French, German or Spanish.

Our optional GCSE and Level 1/2 BTEC* subjects are as follows:

  • Fine Art
  • Child Development*
  • Computer Science
  • Drama
  • Design and Technology
  • Engineering*
  • Hospitality and Catering*
  • Information Technology*
  • Music
  • Sports Science (PE)

The Year 9 Options process is explained to pupils through a series of assemblies. They are then given an Options Booklet in order to make informed decisions about their choices. 

As well as their first report in Year 9, pupils use Year 9 Parents' Evening in January as an oppotunity to seek assurance that they are suited to their choices in Key Stage 4.

For more information about the process, courses and what pupils can expect to study at GCSE, please see the 2023 Options Booklet below.

What are the Key Dates in the Process for 2023-24?

  • Wednesday November 8th: Year 9 Options Introduction.
  • Thursday December 21st: First Year 9 Reports Issued.
  • Wednesday January 17th: Extended Year 9 Options Assembly with Options Booklets and Forms distributed.
  • Thursday January 18th, 5-7pm: Year 9 Options Evening for parents and pupils.
  • Wednesday January 31st: Year 9 Parents' Evening.
  • Friday February 2nd: Deadline for Options Forms to be returned to Form Tutors.
  • Friday May 24th: Last opportunity to change Options.
  • w/c July 14th: Final Key Stage 3 Report is issued alongside a confirmation of pupils' Options at GCSE.


Page Downloads Date  
KS4 Booklet 20th Dec 2023 Download
Y9 Options Introduction Assembly November 2023 20th Dec 2023 Download
Year 9 Options Evening Jan 2024 19th Jan 2024 Download