Year 9 Options Process

Welcome to the year 9 Options Process.

We are at the start of the year 9 options process and in order to support students in selecting their optional subjects the following activities will happen.

20th January – Students will have an extended tutor time when they will be given the options booklet for this year and the options area of our website will open sharing videos about each subject.

26th January – We are holding a virtual parents’ evening for year 9 to book appointments with their subject teachers and teachers of subjects that are not studied until year 10 (we ask that you only book appointments if you are interested in taking those subjects).

27th January – Students will have an extended tutor time when they will be given their personalised options form and tutors will be able to answer any questions they have.  Option forms will be accepted from Monday 30th January and subjects will be allocated on a first come first served basis as long as the combinations are possible and appropriate.  Deadline for all forms is Thursday 9th February.

Year 9 Guided Choices booklet 2023 2024

Selecting the best combination of subjects for each individual in Year 9 is an important process and within this the School will provide recommendations from the data that we have gathered on each student to help guide your decisions at the parents evening and through individual student discussion.

We advise that selecting a student’s optional subjects is done in combination with a family discussion about possible career and further education aspirations.

The government guides the School to ensure that students follow a broad and balanced curriculum by the expectation that students will follow a combination that satisfy ‘Progress 8’.  At the Purbeck School this is done through our core curriculum and the addition of students selecting one of Geography, History, French or Spanish.

Universities often advise that students take a combination of subjects that earn them the English Baccalaureate which would need then to take one of Geography or History as well as one of French or Spanish however this is optional at our School.

As a School we have advised students on their suitability for subjects like: Separate ScienceEnglish PlusEntry level qualification in English and Mathematics and our Cope course by sending out letters in December that invited them to take these subjects if you do not wish your child to take the advised subjects you will need to contact the relevant Head of Department or our SEN coordinator.

Please note it is not always possible to give students their first choice of subjects and not all combinations are possible this is why we ask for a reserve option which will be automatically used if the first choice subjects are not possible.

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If you want further guidance on the process please contact your child’s Tutor or House Leader in the first instance.

If you would like us to organise a career advice appointment for your child please email office@purbeck.dorset.sch.uk .