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Holmleigh Park High School

Year 9 Options

 

We are at the stage of the school year when students in Year 9 need to select the subjects that they want to study in key stage 4 (Years 10 and 11). Over the next few weeks we aim to provide you with all of the information and support you need in order to be able to make these important decisions. 

There are 3 stages that you will need to go through to complete this process. 

These are:

  1. Researching  the different subjects and particularly looking in detail at the subjects that have been recommended for you. All of this can be found below on this page!

  2. Getting advice from subject teachers at parents evening and on curriculum evening.

  3. Completing the online option form

The key dates to bear in mind are:

  1. Thursday 4 March 5.00 -7.00pm - Parents evening. 

  2. Thursday 4 March 7.00pm - Online options form goes live.

  3. Monday 8 March - Return to school

  4. Thursday 11 March 5.00 - 7.00 pm - Options evening

  5. Friday 19 March 7.00pm - Deadline for online option forms to be complete

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

 

Year 9 Options Assembly Video

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More detailed information can be found in the Guide to Year 9 options section below. 

Guide to Year 9 options 

Taking time to research and accurately complete the options process is very important as it will ensure that your child not only enjoys the curriculum in key stage 4 but also has the opportunity to fulfil their academic potential.

There are 3 stages in completing the options process - 

  1. Researching  the different subjects.

It is important that you look in detail at what each subject offers and how it is structured. On the website you will find the following information to help you do this.

  • A Year 9 options introductory video that explains the process, the types and range of courses on offer and how you should go about selecting subjects
  • The options booklet that gives written information about each of the subjects
  • Subject videos with explanations from the subject leaders about the courses.
  • A video guide on how to complete your online options form

In Years 10 and 11, all students study a core curriculum of English, Maths, Science and Core PE and PSHE. In addition to this all students must select a further four subjects to study with at least one of these being either French, Geography, or History. In the letter we sent to you we have made some recommendations for you to consider when looking at the subject information on the website.

Core Subjects
All students will

study these subjects

Ebacc  block

Select 1 subject

Open block.

Select 3 subjects,

plus 1 reserve

English Language

French

Art and Design

English Literature

Geography

Business Studies

Maths

History

French

Science

 

Geography

PSHE

 

Health and Social Care

Core PE  

History

   

Hospitality and Catering

   

Media Studies

   

iMedia

   

Music

   

Performing Arts

   

Photography

   

Religious Studies

   

Sports Studies

    Textiles

2. Getting individual advice from subject teachers and the Year 9 options team.

There are 2 opportunities to talk to teachers about options. These are -

  • Year 9 Parents evening - Thursday 4 March 5.00pm-7.00pm. This is an important opportunity to talk to teachers about what is involved in the subject and whether it is a course that you should consider.

  • Year 9 Curriculum evening - Thursday 11 March 5.00pm-7.00pm. This is a chance if needed to talk to a member of the Year 9 options team about the choices your child is considering. There is no requirement to book an appointment but if you would like to talk through any part of the process support will be available on the night.

Appointments for both of these evenings can be made on our Edulink platform.

3. Completing the online option form

This form will be emailed to your child's school email account on Thursday 4 March and needs to be completed by Friday 19th March. To do this you will need to login to our sims-option website where you can complete the form. A short video on how to login and complete the form can be accessed on the Year 9 options webpage. Your child will receive an email to their school email address that will have a link to the website. 

Once all students have completed their option choices we will let you know if your child has been successful in securing the subjects that they have chosen. In the majority of cases students will get their selected subjects however there are occasions when this may not be the case. This may happen when -

  • Students have chosen a subject that is not suitable for them based on their previous performance in the subject.

  • There are not enough students to run a class or course

  • A subject is oversubscribed

If this is the case we will contact you directly to discuss alternatives.

If you are unable to attend the parents evening or you have any further questions about any aspect of the options process please contact the school using the [email protected] email address.

How to complete the online options form
 

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Options Booklet 

The options booklet that gives written information about each of the subjects

 


 

 

Subject information

These videos will give you more information on each subject. This can also be found in the options booklet.

Art and Design 

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Business Studies 

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English 

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French 

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Geography 

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Health and Social Care 

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History 

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Hospitality and Catering 

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iMedia 

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Maths 

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Media Studies 

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Music 

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Performing Arts Drama 

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Photography 

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Religious Studies 

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Science 

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Sports Studies 

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Textiles 

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