Year 8 Options

This year, in addition to studying the core academic subjects, we are giving Year 8 students the chance to specialise in three out of the six creative subjects that currently have limited curriculum time. This will give them a deeper experience in the areas that they enjoy by doubling the number of lessons each subject has from one to two hours per week. To ensure that students still have a broad and balanced curriculum we have organised the subjects into the two groups as shown below:

Students will make three choices. One subject from the Visual and Performance Arts subjects, onefrom the Technology subjects and a third choice from any of the remaining four subjects. For example, a student may choose Visual Arts, Design Technology and Music. We would also like each student to indicate a reserve choice which would be used in the highly unlikely event that their combination of three subjects wouldn’t fit into the timetable. It is important to note that the subjects chosen are not GCSE courses.  Students will make their GCSE choices for Key Stage 4 during Year 9 where there will be a much more extensive list of subjects available.

Year 8 have had an assembly to explain the process and give an overview of what each subject intended to cover in Year 9. The presentation from that assembly will be uploaded to the school website for your information (see below for link). The attached option form will need to be completed over half term and returned to their Form Tutor by Monday 24th February.

A brief overview of each subject is given below:

Visual Arts

Explore the visual arts through drawing, painting, sculptures, printing, textiles, critical analysis and photography. The year will culminate with your work being exhibited at school, showcasing your creativity, new found skills and confidence. 


Students will build on the work covered in Year 8. They will study popular songs and complete a solo performance.  They will also complete a Music technology unit in which they will learn about how to sequence and add effects to a song culminating in them producing their own version of a modern song.


In Year 9 we will be focusing more on performance work – the aim will be to explore work from the point of view of a performer and director whilst learning about a range of theatre practitioners. We would like to work towards regular performance evenings for parents and peers which will hopefully engage, create a buzz for and love of the theatre.

Design Technology:

Students will continue to build their experience within each of the Design Technology disciplines including Product Design, Electronics and Manufacturing. Using these techniques students will complete a range of projects using a wide range of materials.

Food Technology:

Students will learn new skills and cook a range of dishes from around the world. They will be given ‘Technical’ challenges in groups, to test their skills and accuracy and get creative with a selection of mystery ingredients.  There will also be time to improve their understanding of nutrition and learn about the science surrounding food.

ICT and Computing:

During Year 9 you will explore modules in areas such as 

●     Networking – Protocol, layers, components; 

●     Programming – Python; 

●     Cyber Security – Threats, hackers, preventions, encryption; 

●     Marketing and Technology – Social media, etc.

Download a copy of the letter and form here

Year 8 options presentation is available here

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