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Year 9 Options

Year 9 students will soon begin their GCSE options process. This is an important time for you and your child, and we understand that this can be an anxious time for anybody. It's vital that you and your child are well informed when making these decisions and we have a comprehensive programme of support and guidance to ensure that everyone is confident in making the right decisions about the next steps in your child’s education.

In addition to the in-school assemblies and guidance for your child, we have 3 key events to support you through the process:

  1. Options Information issued 28 March 2024

An information video on the options process for families and students, talking you through the process, the key dates, compulsory subjects, the option subjects and address any questions you might have. 




  1. Year 9 Parents Evening - Thursday 18th April 2024, 4pm – 7pm

You will be aware that we have moved the date of the parents evening so that you are able to meet with your child's teachers before making decisions about what your child will study next academic year.  This gives you the opportunity to have individual discussions with key teachers to help focus your time at the Options Evening. You will be able to book your appointments with specific teachers nearer the time.

  1. Year 9 Options Evening - Thursday 2nd May 2024, 5pm – 7pm

This evening will allow you and your child to speak with subject teachers and current KS4 students about the specifics of each course to ensure that it is a suitable pathway for your child. 

The evening will run in two sessions and will consist of talks by the Executive Principal followed by visits to classrooms where departments will showcase their subjects and give talks on their subject's content and how it is assessed.   

  • Session 1 – 5-6pm: Executive Principal's speech at 5pm followed by visits to departments 
  • Session 2 – 6-7pm: Executive Principal's speech at 6pm followed by visits to departments 

 Whichever session you decide to attend, please ensure you arrive promptly for the start time, either 5pm or 6pm. Please sign-in on arrival, and pick up your options booklet.


To support you and your child in making informed choices, please click on the links below for detailed information on the subjects we offer: 

  • Options booklet (printed copies will be given out on the evening)


  •  Presentations about each subject’s content and details about the potential future career pathways for students who study them


  • Video recordings by students on the options subjects they are studying


  • The link to the options form (which will open after the options evening)  



Following the Options Evening, you will complete the form with your child, giving the subject preferences.

 Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing HCAoptions@habstrustsouth.org.uk 

Kind regards,

Mrs K Dowling

Vice Principal