Year 8 Options

From the beginning of Year 9, students will be specialising in their arts and design technology lessons. Students will continue to have four hours per week focused on arts and design technology, however they will select two subjects from the list below to concentrate on.

The subjects students can choose from are:

  • Art
  • Drama
  • Food Technology
  • Photography
  • Music
  • Product Design (Woods/Plastics or Fabrics)

Once students have chosen their subjects, they will study both for two hours per week during Year 9. At the end of Year 9, they will be able to either continue these subjects or choose from other subjects outside this group. If a student chooses not to follow a subject at this time they will not be able to pick it up again at the end of Year 9, therefore students should consider carefully the subjects they wish to follow. 

In order to help students make these choices we have compiled documents and presentations for each subject, available below.

Students will make their choices using an online form made available to students on Monday 20th June. The deadline for choices will be Friday 24th June. If, after looking at the online resources, students or parents wish to, they can request an online meeting with a member of staff to discuss choices by emailing

In the meantime, students can ask questions about subjects by speaking to or emailing relevant subject teachers, or by speaking to their Head or Deputy Head of Learning.


Year 8 Choices Letter

Year 8 into 9 Choices Letter 2023


Year 8 Choices Form (available from 19th June 2023)

Year 8 students can find the Choices Form on the Year 8 Google Classroom, from 19th June 2023.

The deadline to submit your choices will be Monday 26th June 2023.


Learn about your subject choices

GCSE Art and Design -- Subject Description, Subject Presentation

GCSE Art Textiles -- Subject Presentation

GCSE Design and Technology -- Subject Description, Subject Presentation

GCSE Drama -- Subject Description, Subject Presentation

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition -- Subject Description, Subject Presentation

GCSE Music -- Subject Description, Subject Presentation

GCSE Photography -- Subject Description, Subject Presentation