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Option Process

Year 8 students have important decisions to make about their GCSE option choices and it is important that students appreciate the size of the commitment that they are making.  As you may be aware, all young people are now required to continue in education or training until their eighteenth birthday. The subjects that are chosen will influence any potential A Level, college courses, and apprenticeships, and will form the foundation of your continuing education leading to university, training, or employment. 

All students will study: 

  • English 
  • Maths
  • Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Core PE
  • PSHE
  • Philosophy and Ethics 
  • Inspirational Futures 

Due to current Covid restrictions, we will not be hosting our traditional options evening event and instead, we will be launching the process to parents and students during the week of the 31st January, and subsequently hosting several events to support students and their parents as they choose their GCSE courses. The option process spans several weeks. 

Key dates for Parents are: 

Thursday 3rd February – Virtual options evening at 6pm. This will talk parents through the process. A link will be emailed to all parents. 

Thursday 10th February – there will be a virtual parent’s evening from 4pm – 6.30pm. Parents can make appointments with subject staff to discuss GCSE subjects. We would recommend accessing the SharePoint page with your child before you make these appointments as some questions that you may have, could be answered on the SharePoint. The link for this SharePoint will be emailed to students. 

Key dates for Students are: 

Tuesday 1st February –  Year 8 will attend a GCSE Option Process assembly 

Friday 4th February – a SharePoint page will be made available to all students which will contain information about all the courses that we are offering, and it contains subject specific “Streams” for you to watch. 

Monday 7th February – Friday 18th February – subject taster sessions will be available in some subjects during lunchtimes and after school, there will be a timetable of sessions published in the assembly. Students will need to sign up to these sessions. 

Friday 18th February – Friday 4th March – The options process will open; this will be accessed through an email which will be sent to all students. We do not allocate subjects on a first come, first served basis so we are giving you time to make this important decision. Option choices must be made by Friday, 4th March. Students must choose five subjects that they would like to study at GCSE, they will then be offered four of these subjects to study. Due to some timetabling restraints, in some extreme cases we may have to ask your child to choose another subject. We would like students to have a broad and balanced curriculum and we encourage students to pick a variety of subjects from different academic areas. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Katy Farrow (Assistant Headteacher) k.farrow@stowhigh.com

To view the Taster Session timetable please CLICK HERE