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Smithdon High School

Options - Year 8 Subject Choices

At Smithdon High School, we believe all children should study a broad and balanced curriculum and so we offer a range of courses, some based on the compulsory National Curriculum, others chosen from a number of options. We hope that you will discuss all the possibilities with your child so that, in partnership, we can support them in making an informed decision.

Every child will study GCSEs in Mathematics, English Language, English Literature and Science. All pupils also continue to have core Physical Education lessons and tutor time Personal Development lessons with a focus on study skills, life skills and wider philosophical debates around British Values and current news items.

During our 50-period fortnight, each pupil will study a total of twenty periods on their four optional subjects and the remaining periods on the core subjects.

We believe that the options process enables pupils to select a choice of subjects which suits their interests and abilities. Careful thought and consideration should be given to your child’s choices.

Options Booklet 2019 

This is a fantastic opportunity for students to begin to take control of their future; however we also realise that although this may be straightforward for many, it can also be quite overwhelming.

There is a vast range of guidance and support available to help you if you become  confused  or concerned about potential choices.  The booklet  is a good starting point  but  there will be chances for you to discuss your options with a teacher regarding the subjects that you are considering.  

It is not always possible to accommodate all selections. We have to maintain reasonable class sizes and also try to work around “clashes”.  As a result we ask you to indicate other courses you might consider. For some students it may be necessary to use these courses and so they must be subjects in which you have an interest and ability.

The subject choices are to be submitted online; all pupils have an email with a link to our management information system which will record subject choices. For any questions about the use of this system, please contact our Data Manager, Mrs. Broughton at

Key Dates:

TBC Options Booklets available
TBC Year 8 Options Evening Subject Fayre
TBC Deadline for options choices to be made
TBC  Discussion meetings with senior leaders, if required
TBC Options choices will be confirmed to pupils and parents