Year 9 Pathways

Welcome to Year 9 Pathways! 

This is where we start the process of looking at the changes that take place when pupils finish Year 9 and start on their Year 10 pathway. 

The most significant change is that pupils will be studying fewer subjects in September, and they will be able to choose some of them. To make this choice we have provided you with a range of information that may help you please see outline below.


Choosing the right courses outlined on this webpage and in the Pathways booklet is a full range of courses, which we believe provides for the needs of all our pupils. This will offer all of them progression routes into further and higher academic or vocational education. 

This marks a very significant stage in a pupil’s education, since in Years 10 & 11 Pupils have some degree of choice in the subjects they study. It is, therefore, very important for pupils to watch the necessary videos and read information in the Pathways booklet carefully, to discuss preferences with their parents and to seek advice from their teachers and tutor. 

This process of reading, reflection and discussion is very important, as we offer a wide range of subjects, including some that were not studied in the curriculum so far. It is therefore essential to take time to understand what each course offers, what combinations are possible, and what is most suitable for each pupil as an individual. In some instances, tutors or other teachers will have specific advice and guidance to offer on what would be most suitable, and pupils should take this into account when completing the preferences form. Please follow the steps below in order to make fully informed choices:

Step 1: Pathways booklet

Please read the Year 9 Pathways booklet (link below) and take particular care on page 9 onwards which outlines the difference between a Core subject (one that all pupils must study) and a Specialist subject (these are the subjects your child must pick three from plus some reserves).

Step 2: Video guidance for choosing subjects

Then please watch the following video with your child which gives advice and guidance of how to choose subjects to study.


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Step 3: Subject Videos

Next, with your child watch the Specialist subject videos your child can pick from. Please see links below:

Full playlist

GCSE: French Geography History Religious Studies | Art & Photography P.E Food Technology | Computer Science | Design & Technology

BTEC: Childcare | Music | Information Technology |  Performing Arts 

Cambridge National Sports Studies

Step 4: Year 9 Parents evening to help inform choices - 8th February 

At this stage you and your child might have a fairly good idea of which subjects they are likely to pick, but you may require some more individual information. 

If you need more information you will be able to book to have an online appointment with your child’s Year 9 subject teacher and a GCSE subject specialist. 

We are hosting a parents’ evening to focus on Year 9 pathways on 8th February 3.15pm – 6.15pm. Please see the information below which explains how to book online appointments to the parents evening system.

Booking online appointments for the parents evening system:

Please click on the link below and sign up for the parents evening system. 

It’s important that when signing up you use your details exactly as they appear on our school records. This includes not shortening children’s names etc. If you have any problems signing up for the online parents evening system please contact:

Please see “Parents Guide for Booking Appointments” help sheet for more information.

Parents Guide for booking Appointments help sheet

It’s vital to get these choice right for your child in order to ensure great progress and outcomes. I therefore strongly advise you to book appointments with several potential subjects you and your child might pick.

Parents of SEND students will also be able to book appointments with Miss Alexander our SENCO to get some individual advice for those students.

Step 5: Have a final discussion with your child and submit the online form.

When you and your child are confident they have made the right choices for them please fill in the Pathways form:

Pathways form

Please note the form will open for submission at 6pm onwards on 10th February (it won’t be possible to do it before this time).  All forms should be submitted by 28th February.

Next Steps:

Your part of the process is now complete and choices will be evaluated by tutors and other teachers. This may lead to some conversation with pupils/parents. To ensure all pupils are on the right course for them.

It is also important to note, however, that at this stage, you are opting for a preference for your choices. We will make every effort to meet these choices. On rare occasions, some options may not recruit a viable group. We will contact you as soon as possible to discuss alternative choices. 

You will receive notification confirming Year 9 Pathways choices in May.

 Help and Advice:

If you require any further help and advice the following staff are here to help:


Name Focus area Email Contact
Joseph Newton - Vice Principal Curriculum
Debbie Partridge Careers Advisor
Chloe Alexander  SENCO

Please note parents of SEND pupils: You will also be able to book appointments with Miss Alexander on the parent evening night – 8th February 3.15pm – 6.15pm.

Thank you and happy pathways process!