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Welcome to the Year 9 Options process

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Year 9 options process for 2022. This booklet below will provide you with a wealth of information about our options process, the CORE and Optional Curriculum as well as giving you up to date and accurate information on the qualifications your child can study during Years 10 and 11. Please take some time to read this booklet together to ensure that you get the best out of the options process.

This booklet is just part of our options process. This year we are having to do options a little differently. We will be launching the options process through the school’s website ( rather than at options evening. The website will give you the opportunity to watch and listen to the same presentations that would take place during options evening. You will also have the opportunity to book an appointment with either a member of the Senior Leadership Team or your child’s Head of House to support you through the process and ensure the most appropriate options are taken and we would strongly encourage you to make an appointment if you have any questions at all. These meetings will take place either on the phone or via Microsoft teams during February. If you would like to set up either a phone conversation or an online meeting, please email us on .

This year we will be using an electronic options form so that you can submit your choices even if we are in an extended lockdown.

The curriculum that your child follows is critical to ensuring that they maximise their potential and that they are able to make the most of their opportunities at Huish. We will have very high expectations of what your children can achieve, provide fantastic support and foster a love of learning that will serve them well throughout their life. Our curriculum choices also recognise that your children will stay in education until they are 18 years old.  Therefore, many of the pathways and courses we offer lead seamlessly into our Sixth Form.

Every child has different talents, interests, needs and aspirations so we have designed our optional curriculum to allow them all to thrive in a challenging but supportive learning environment. Our optional curriculum comprises a range of GCSE and Vocational qualifications. Typically, GCSE assessment is through terminal examinations whereas Vocational assessment is a combination of modular exams and internal assessments. Some of our curriculum areas offer both GCSE and Vocational qualifications. Where this is the case, through discussion with you, we will assign your child the qualification we believe best fits their needs and aspirations.


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