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Year 9 Options

Posted at 2:55 pm on 11th January, 2021

Year 9 Options

Dear parents, carers and Year 9 students,

It is finally time for your child to choose their GCSE options. Most students are excited at the prospect of this, as it is their first real opportunity to take control of their education. It also allows both school and home to talk to students about the courses and careers that they may follow when they leave the academy.

Our approach at Saint Edmund Arrowsmith is to emphasise the opportunity that this gives students to really immerse themselves in subjects that they enjoy; however, it is also important that students do not narrow their focus so much that they limit their options when they leave school. The role of teachers, parents and carers is to help the children to find that balance.

Year 9 Options Information, outlining the process and key dates can be found here: Options Information.pdf

Please also find below detailed curriculum information for each subject available.

This year we are unable to provide an opportunity for parents and carers to come into school for a Year 9 Options Evening. We have instead created this Year 9 options area of the school website with detailed information and we also have a dedicated options email address ( should you have any further questions or require any further guidance.

All pupils will select their options using an online portal called SIMS Options. For further guidance about how to access this portal, please see here: SIMS Options guidance.pdf  Making Options Choices Troubleshooter.pdf

Subject Information


Business Enterprise.pdf

Computer Science.pdf

Design and Technology.pdf


English and Maths.pdf


Health and Social Care.pdf


Hospitality and Catering.pdf






Sports Studies.pdf

Travel and Tourism.pdf