KS4 Options for September 2023 start
By the end of Year 9, students have completed Key Stage 3. This is the period from Year 7 to Year 9 where students cover a breadth and depth of subjects.
On starting Year 10, students move into Key Stage 4 where they narrow down their subject choices based on a core curriculum and their personal preferences for future study. This page is designed to help students and families with this decision-making process.
The content below will give our students all the information they need to make the options process as easy as possible.
We wish our Year 9 students all the best as they make their decisions and embark on this exciting next phase of education.
introduction to options
Please watch the narrated PowerPoint presentation from Ms Twyford below.
(Video correction: the bookings system for parents evening went live on 20th January, not 13th - apologies for any confusion.)
Please read the information booklet relating to the correct pathway for your student - C or T.
Check your emails for subject pathway allocation information.
Here you will find videos about GCSE English (both Language and Literature), Mathematics and Science - all core subjects.
Core subjects are the subjects that all Key Stage 4 students study.
The videos below were recorded during lockdown, but all subject information is still up-to-date.
Option Subject Information
Please read the Option Subjects Information booklet linked below and watch the subject videos to help you make informed choices within your pathway.
Some of the videos below were recorded during lockdown, but all subject information is still up-to-date.
Art & Design
Design & Technology
Food Preparation & Nutrition
Modern Foreign Languages
Performing Arts (Acting)
Study Skills course
The Study Skills course at Fitzharrys is an invitation only course for students who will benefit from extra support in their learning to help them achieve their goals.
More details can be found in the document and video links below.
making your application
Options application forms will be handed out at Parents Evening on Thursday 26th January. If you are unable to attend Parents Evening, students can collect a form from their tutor after this date. Spare copies will also be available from tutors if needed.
Completed options forms are due to be handed in to tutors by Tuesday 7th February.
We'd be pleased to help you
If you have any unanswered questions about any of our courses, please contact the subject leader, or for more general advice you can contact your form tutor.