Year 8 GCSE Options 2019-2022

The next stage of the GCSE options process involves reading through our Subject E-Booklet which can be found here Options Booklet 2019

The subjects in this booklet are the subjects we intend to offer, however the ability to run a subject very much depends on whether or not there is sufficient uptake by our students, but we will update you on any changes.

Those of you who have been through the Perins options process before will know that schools have to respond to National directives, and therefore the options process is very rarely exactly the same year on year, and for your information the school is currently reviewing the curriculum offer in response to the government’s targets for secondary schools with regard to the English Baccalaureate entries (EBacc) group of subjects. Click here for more information.

As the amount of subjects to be chosen has yet to be decided, students should begin to think about potential options by narrowing their preferred choices down after reading the information provided. Students should consider 6 options. Within this choice of 6 subjects, students should (as two of the six to be considered):

  • Consider which humanity they would choose (Geography or History)
  • Indicate the language they currently study

Should Latin and/or German have sufficient numbers, as these will be being studied from scratch, these could be taken instead of French or Spanish. Students should start to think about ranking these 6 option choices in order of preference (1-6) in order that we can be as flexible as possible following a decision being made about our curriculum offer.

Full details about how many options students will take and the process by which subjects will be selected will follow in due course. We advise that students consider carefully the range of options that they choose; students should aim to opt for a broad and balanced set of subjects, so shouldn’t have too many similar subjects within their final choices (ie. Students will not be able to opt for all creative arts subjects, all sports subjects, or all technology subjects.) However, we do have individual discussions with students who may require a more personalised curriculum offer at Key Stage 4.

You will also find details within the options booklet about the range of core subjects that all students will be studying over the course of Key Stage 4. This is for information purposes only, as these do not form part of the options process.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school by replying to this email, but bear in mind that I will be collating any questions rather than answering emails individually and I will respond on my return after the half term break, in the form of a frequently asked questions bulletin to parents, as some parents may also wish to know the answer to any general questions you have raised.