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Year 9 Options

Year 9 is the first time for many pupils when they are asked to make decisions about their future, with the guidance and support of those around them. The choices available at Key Stage 4 are structured to cater for the wide variety of learning styles, needs and abilities of all the pupils in Year 9, as we appreciate that not everybody learns in the same way. By doing this we are ensuring that pupils gain the skills needed for learning, work and adult  life.

Leaving school with no qualifications is not an option in a world where there is such competitiveness for employment and where more young people than at any other time aspire to go to university. However, we recognise that Higher Education is not for everyone. Apprenticeships and work based training courses offer other routes into employment.

Year 9 Options Process 2021

It is the time of year that we begin the process for Year 9 students to select their GCSE options for Key Stage 4. Due to the current circumstances, this process will be run differently to previous years. This is an especially important decision for your family to make and as such we have planned a series of events to support you in making the right decision. We will endeavour to provide you with as much information on the process and the subject choices as we possibly can over the next few weeks.

Year 9 Optons Information Evening Presentation

Wednesday 3 March 2021


Year 9 Options Booklet 2021

Options Form 2021

Please click below to access and complete your son's Year 9 Options Choice Form.

The deadline for completing and submitting this form is Friday 19th March 2021

Year 9 Options Choice Form 2021


Year 9 Options Subject Videos 2021

Students will take 4 Core Subjects: English, Maths, Religious Education and Science. They will then choose 3 subjects for their options.

Year 9 2021 Options Subjects are:


St Ignatius College Careers - START

Please watch this video which will help parents and students to make the right decision when choosing a GCSE subject. It outlines the START profile, which helps with careers thinking.

Year 9 Options Process letter 2021

Please click here to download a copy of the letter sent to parents/carers 25 January 2021.