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 2023

It is the time of year that we begin the process for Year 9 students to select their GCSE options for Key Stage 4. 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.


The Year 9 Options Timeline 2023 

Date Event
Wednesday 25 January 2023 Year 9 Options Assembly for students
                      " Year 9 Options letter to parents and carers
Thursday 26 January Year 9 Options Choices Booklet available on website
Thursday 2 February 2023 Year 9 Options Evening
                      " Options Information booklet given out
Friday 3 February 2023 Options mentoring for students
Wednesday 8 February 2023 Deadline for choices form to be submitted online


Year 9 Options Booklet 2023

26 January 2023

Please click on the link below to download a copy of the St Ignatius College Options Choices Booklet 2023-2025.


Year 9 Options Subject Videos 2023

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

Year 9 2023 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 2023

Please click on the link below to download a copy of the 2023 Options Process letter which was emailed to Year 9 parents and carers on 25 January 2023.

 Year 9 Options letter

Year 9 Options Evening Presentation 2023

Please click on the link below to download a copy of the 2023 Options Evening presentation which took place on Thursday 2 February.