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St Benedict's Catholic School

St Benedict's
Catholic School

Year 9 Options



Dear Parents/Carers and Year 9 Students,

Welcome to the online Year 9 Options Presentation 2021 here at St. Benedict’s. I hope you find the information included in the booklet and contained in the presentations valuable in preparing you to take the next exciting step in your education.

Your education has been anything but typical and as a year group you have dealt magnificently with the hurdles that have been put in your way with the closure of schools and the nation’s attempt to control the spread of Covid-19. Beginning Key Stage 4 is first opportunity for you, students, to begin moulding your education into a selection of qualifications that is unique to you, and in the process regain control of your own future. Staff here at St Benedict’s are ready and waiting to aid and guide you in making your option choices and supporting you through, not only finishing off your study at Key Stage 3, but taking those first steps towards completing your GCSEs at the end of Year 11.

The selection of option subjects available during Key Stage 4 are laid out in the next few pages. Whatever choices you make, you will soon be starting exciting new courses and it will be a time of new opportunities for you. Central to these courses are the Gospel values of Wisdom, Compassion and Resilience, which are so important to us at St. Benedict's. The subjects you choose will allow you to show what you know, what you understand and what you can do, with the intention of fulfilling the potential God has given each of you. There is a long tradition of success here at St. Benedict’s and you, Year 9, will be following in the footsteps of talented individuals who have gone on, during Years 10 and 11, to achieve remarkable feats. Your year group is full of character, brimming with talent and we expect you will show the dedication and hard work required over the next two years to turn that potential in to reality.

Parents, much has changed nationally over the last few years and therefore I hope this booklet is helpful for you to understand those changes.  For example, coursework is no longer compulsory or so strongly weighted, and most subjects will be examined in final examinations at the end of Year 11.  Not only that, but ‘grades’ will now be scored from 9-1, with 9 being the best.  I hope this diagram is helpful in comparing the new grades with the old:  

Increasingly, Sixth Forms, employers, Universities, Colleges and apprenticeships are requiring students to have a broad range of academic qualifications and so students must consider that when making choices; whilst at A Level and beyond you will be able to concentrate on just a few subjects, at GCSE you will study around 9.  At St. Benedict’s all students study the core subjects of Mathematics, English Language, English Literature, Religious Studies, Double or Triple Science, PE (non-exam) and PSHEE in Years 10 and 11. The three options choices you study sit alongside the core subjects to make up your tailored curriculum. For the majority of students the English Baccalaureate will be important: this is the Government’s recognition of pupils who achieve top grades in English, Mathematics, two Sciences, a Language, and either History or Geography.   

Wherever possible choose subjects that you enjoy, and subjects in which you can find success.  Your reports and teachers will be able to help you with this.  If you have a particular career in mind after you leave school, you must choose the subjects that will help you.  Consider how each course is assessed and whether this plays to your strengths. However, you must be aware that it may not be possible to put some combinations on the timetable: there are limits to the number of rooms and teachers available at any one time.

Above all, partnerships between students, parents and teachers will be the key factor in future successes. We will expect students to work hard. There will be times when you find the work difficult but always remember that your teachers are there to help and guide you. Listen to their advice.  By working together you will achieve the success that we all want for you.

Finally, remember that Key Stage 4 is not the final obstacle to be negotiated. At St. Benedict's we believe that all our students will benefit from further study and our Sixth Form is where our students achieve best after their GCSEs.  We have a huge range of courses to cater for all abilities and these GCSEs will, I hope, be the start of your next 4 years at St. Benedict’s.

I wish you, students, every success in your studies.

Samuel Tatum
Deputy Headteacher


Please follow the link below to submit your option choices once you have read, listened to and watched the guidance provided. Any options choices that are submitted that do not follow the guidance described in the options booklet or presentation will not be accepted.

Microsoft Form - Submit Options Choices

Options Subjects Presentations




Computer Science






Food Nutrition



French & Spanish












Product Design