Year 9 Options Information
Welcome to our Year 9 Options Event
Obviously we would much rather be inviting you in to school, to talk to you in person, about the choices and options that Year 9 have coming up, however that is not possible at this present time. We have therefore created "a virtual event" for you, complete with written and presented information that sit alongside our comprehensive booklet to support our Options process. Each Year 9 student has been given a booklet to go through at home but online copies are also available below. All our staff are also happy to answer your questions and help with queries, please do contact them for assistance. Contact email addresses can be found here.
Please start by watching our welcome video from Miss Talbot followed by our Options presentation from Mr Williams, explaining how the process works, what is expected and how we are here to support you.
Following this, we now invite you to explore our subject areas, listen to our teacher presentations and dive into the information. There is lots to understand and to take in, please do not feel under pressure to make decisions right now. Making the right decisions can take thought and time and our process allows you that. The following presentation is from Mr Lester-Smith who talks in more detail about making the right choices.
Following this event and further to the letter sent out recently, we will be offering two opportunities for parents and families to consult with teachers via School Cloud over the coming weeks and more information will be released about booking these appointments soon. Option forms will be given out on Thursday 25th March, please make a note of the deadline for their return; 1pm on Thursday 1st April.
Our students must choose to take one core humanity subject and/or a modern foreign language as part of their options selection. The core humanity subjects are Geography and History. Miss Collins is the faculty lead for Humanities, specialising in History, with Mrs Hawkswell as the lead teacher for Geography.
Humanities subjects offer exciting and challenging topics for students to investigate, learn about and study. With Geography tackling relationships between people and the environment and History exploring key aspects of our past including the Anglo Saxons and Norman England, Crime and Punishment in Whitechapel and Weimar and Nazi Germany, these subjects offer students variety, dynamism and a sense of belonging.
Please watch the video clips below and follow the links to the Options Booklets for more information on these subjects. For further guidance please see your subject teachers.
On top of our core Humanities subjects, our students can choose to study additional Humanities subjects as part of their options selection. At Woolmer Hill, we offer a choice of Religious Studies, Sociology and Business Studies/Economics. Miss Collins is the faculty lead for Humanities, specialising in History, and is supported by Miss Whitaker, Mr Barraud, Mr Walker and Mr Williams.
Whilst the students will be familiar with the learning of RS, having studied it throughout Years 7-9, Sociology and Business Studies/Economics provide a chance to explore other areas of this vast faculty of learning. Religious Studies explores not just cultural areas of certain religions but the students will also take time to look at ethical, philosophical and moral aspects of the world we live in. Sociology will take you on a journey through our social cultures with particular focus on family and education and crime and social stratification. In turn Business Studies takes a broad look at the business world, specifically how businesses operate in the world around us, the influences that affect them and how they look at their marketing and finance operations. Economics allows students the chance to explore how an economy works, the theories, the structures, markets and resources as well as looking at the decisions that the economy can place on families and individuals.
Please watch the video clips below and follow the link to the Options Booklets for more detailed information on these subjects. For further guidance please see your subject teachers.
Modern Foreign Languages
We strongly encourage all students who are capable of a good pass in a language to follow this as a chosen option. Languages are incredibly useful in all careers and pathways, it enables ease of travel and transition and can be applied to all industries. Many universities now look upon a language as a favourable option for successful candidates. So many reasons to study a language and we haven't even touched on holidays abroad!
Miss Reynolds is the Subject Leader for Modern Foreign Languages and is supported by Miss Riddell and Mrs Rossetti-Gearing.
Please watch the video clip below and follow the link to the Options Booklets for more information on these options. For further guidance please see your subject teachers.
Mr Poeti is our lead subject teacher in Computing and he will be offering two courses for our Year 9 this year; a GCSE in Computer Science and a BTEC Tech Award in Digital Information Technology. Both courses offer students the chance to explore and develop skills in computing and the virtual world, looking at designing, programming, security and software. Computer Science is an increasingly important part of the world we live in and similar to a modern foreign language, it can often be applied in many different businesses and industries as well as at home.
Please watch the video clip below from Mr Poeti and follow the link to the Options Booklets for more information. For further guidance please see your subject teachers.
Design Technology can cover a variety of areas and at Woolmer Hill we pass this on to students in two subjects; Art & Design 3D and Hospitality & Catering.
Miss Everson is the Subject Lead for Design Technology, specialising in Catering, she is supported by Mrs Fowler, Mrs Neil and Mr Quibbell.
Both subjects provide practical and creative opportunities, a chance to be less desk based and more hands on, however, both subjects do also have written exams and theory to learn.
Please watch the video clip below from Miss Everson and follow the link to the Options Booklets for more information on these subjects. For further guidance please see your subject teachers.
Lead by Mr Nash, the Creative Arts Department is musical, theatrical and artistic in equal measure! Whilst Art offers you a chance to explore your creative and artistic side in various forms and techniques from clay to watercolour to textiles, Music GCSE will expand your knowledge of musical genres and theory, and enable you to develop your composing and performing skills. Drama takes you on a journey through plays, the theatre and backstage (introducing both Performing Arts BTEC and Drama GCSE). All subjects in this department require work outside of school, be that in portfolio work, theatre visits or rehearsals or daily practice in music.
Please watch the video clips below and follow the link to the Options Booklets for more information on these subjects. For further guidance please see your subject teachers.
Being active and enjoying exercise is vital for mental well-being, which is why even if Sport is not taken as a GCSE, an element of core PE is still a part of every student's timetable. We do however offer two options for students to take their studies in this area forward; a Cambridge National in Sports Studies and a GCSE in Physical Education.
Both of these options require students to have a keen interest and ability in sports, this includes not just playing a sport but partaking in team activities and sports leadership. Both options, the GCSE in particular, also contain a strong written element and theory studies so it is not all about ball skills! Mr Chippendale is our Subject Leader for this department and he has a strong team of specialists in a variety of areas supporting him.
Please watch the video clip below from Mr Chippendale to learn more about the Sports offering in Key Stage 4 and follow the link to the Options Booklets for more information. For further guidance please see your subject teachers.
We are able to offer students varying options in Science at GCSE level.
For certain students, as decided by the Science department, the option of taking three separate sciences; Biology, Chemistry and Physics, resulting in being awarded three GCSEs, is available. We are also able to offer a Combined Science option in two tiers; foundation and higher. Studying Combined Science still requires studies in all three sciences and still requires exams in all three sciences to be sat but the outcome of these exams is two GCSE grades.
Dr Elliot, Head of Science, will explain the Science options in more detail in the attached video. Please also follow the links to the Options Booklets. For further guidance please see your subject teacher.