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Key Stage 3 Options

The Year 8 into 9 Options process is the start of an important and exciting phase in students' education at Ilkley Grammar School. For the first time in their school lives, students will be able to personalise parts of their curriculum by making individual choices from a range of options subjects. During the options process, students will receive a lot of advice and guidance to help them make informed decisions; these decisions will not only shape their Year 9 curriculum at Ilkley Grammar School, but will also help to support their decision making process when they select their final GCSE options next year. 

Our curriculum is ambitious, aspirational and is designed to provide opportunities for all students to achieve.

For students of Year 8, the Options process will begin with a ‘Year 8 into 9 Options Launch Assembly’ during PBT. Over the course of this term, students of Year 8 will then receive multiple opportunities to consider their option choices in order to make informed decisions about their future study. It is important to note that:

  • All students will be seen in tutor time by Miss Claughton, Deputy Headteacher, or another member of the Leadership Team to discuss options, the online options form and ask questions
  • All students will be further supported through follow-on PBT sessions where they will be given the opportunity to hear from fellow students who have been through the Year 8 into 9 Options process last year
  • All students will also have the ability to book a ‘drop in meeting’ with a member of the Leadership Team, if any questions cannot be answered in the assembly, booklet or tutor sessions (students will receive a communication later this term about how to book)
  • At the Options Evening, there will be an online presentation, supported by onsite tours to each subject to further support students in making their choices 
  • The year 8 Options mailbox will be monitored throughout this term to answer any questions from students, parents and carers:

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Timings for our 2022-23 Key Stage 3 options process (Year 8 to 9):

Year 8



Year 8-9 Options Assembly Launch 

Distribution of options booklets electronically

Wednesday 22nd February 2023 during PBT

Year 8 Parents’ evening

Thursday 23rd February 2023

Options forms available electronically

Wednesday 1st March 2023

PBT sessions with Leadership Team 

1st March and 8th March 2023 

Year 8 and 9 Options Evening

Wednesday 8th March 2023

Optional drop in meetings with Leadership Team

6th March – 15th March 2023

Deadline for submission of electronic options forms

Wednesday 22nd March 2023

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