Year 9 Options 2023
The Year 9 Options Process is an exciting time. In the first three years at Larkmead School, students have studied a wide range of subjects, developing knowledge, skills, confidence and other attributes. They will take all of this into the next phase of their education as they continue with core subjects and apply to specialise in a smaller range of courses in greater depth. These courses and GCSE qualifications will be an important stepping stone to their future, and it is important that we all work together to make carefully considered decisions.
When it comes to choosing courses for Key Stage 4, students should look for:
- The subjects they are good at or think they will be good at
- The subjects that they will enjoy
- The subjects that may help them to follow a particular career path or ambition
The timeline for the options process is given below.
Wednesday 25th January: Options process begins
To begin the options process this options booklet and an introductory assembly will be shared with all Year 9 students. In addition, options subjects that currently teach Year 9 will devote some lesson time to giving an explanation and/or demonstration of their subject at GCSE level.
Thursday 2nd February: Year 9 Options Evening (6:00pm – 7:30pm)
This very popular event will include the opportunity to attend an informative talk about the options process. In addition, staff will be available on subject stands for every options subject, to offer advice and answer questions and enable your child to start producing a shortlist of the subjects they may wish to study in KS4.
Wednesday 8th February: New Subject Carousel
Some option subjects are not currently taught in Year 9. To allow all students the chance to experience these subjects and make an informed choice for their options preferences, we will run a carousel of experience lessons during this Wednesday.
Thursday 2nd March: Year 9 PTCE
Year 9’s Parent Teacher Consultation Evening represents a further chance to discuss option preferences with your child’s current subject teacher. A letter will be sent out nearer the time with full details and appointments will be booked in the normal way.
Friday 3rd March: Options preferences form can be returned
Options forms will not be accepted until after all information events. There will then be a ten-day window in which options preference forms can be returned to the school office. Please feel free to contact your child’s tutor, individual subject teachers or Mr Williams if you have any further questions during this time.
Friday 17th March: Deadline for completed forms to be returned
The choices system is not done on a first come first served basis. All preferences submitted before this deadline will be considered equally. Options preferences submitted after this deadline may not be possible as the allocations process will have already been started.
The Options Booklet is a full explanation of the options process, listing all choices available and containing information on every subject that can be studied in the KS4 Curriculum. A copy will be given to every Year 9 student at the start of the Options Process or a pdf version can be accessed via the link below.
Options Preferences Form
The Options Preferences Form will be given to all students on the day of the Year 9 PTCE. This is to ensure that all students and parents have had the chance to experience all information events before preferences are made. Further copies will be available at the PTCE.
During the 2021 lockdown, our Options Process had to go online and every subject teacher made a short video giving more information about studying their subject at GCSE. These are included here in case they are still found useful but please be aware that some courses may not be running and some information may be out of date. In particular, the KS3 course was only two years at the time of making these videos whereas it has now been extended to three years and option preferences are now made in Year 9.
If you have any further questions about a particular subject, please read the relevant pages of the Options Booklet (above) and speak to the teacher indicated via the school office.
GCSE Option Subjects
Larkmead - Options 2021 - Art & Design:
Larkmead - Options 2021 - Business Studies:
Larkmead - Options 2021 - Computer Science:
Larkmead - Options 2021 -Creative i-Media:
Larkmead - Options 2021 - Dance:
Larkmead - Options 2021 - Drama:
Larkmead - Options 2021 - Film Studies:
Larkmead - Options 2021 - Food Preparation & Nutrition:
Larkmead - Options 2021 - Modern Foreign Languages:
Larkmead - Options 2021 - Geography:
Larkmead - Options 2021 - History:
Larkmead - Options 2021 - Music:
Larkmead - Options 2021 - Photography:
Larkmead - Options 2021 - Product Design
Larkmead - Options 2021 - Philosophy & Religion:
Larkmead - Options 2021 - Sociology:
Larkmead - Options 2021 - Sports Studies:
Larkmead - Options 2021 - Triple Science:
Larkmead - Options 2021 - GCSE English Language and Literature:
Larkmead - Options 2021 - GCSE Mathematics:
Larkmead - Options 2021 - GCSE Combined Science: