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Key Stage 4 Options

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum is ambitious, aspirational and is designed to provide opportunities for all students to achieve. In order to ensure breadth and balance, all students must follow a core curriculum of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Combined Science (covering physics, chemistry and biology) which leads to 5 GCSEs. Students must also continue to study PE as part of promoting an active, healthy lifestyle, as well as Religious Studies and PSHE (Personal Social and Health Education), a programme to ensure spiritual, moral and cultural development.

We believe in helping all of our learners achieve their potential, whatever that might be. For many students this will come in the form of academic achievement at the highest level with 9 high GCSE grades. For others, a more practical experience may result in a mixture of GCSEs and technical qualifications. Neither of these is better than the other. What is important is for the learner to succeed at the highest level appropriate for them as an individual, and for them to achieve in a range of subjects that will support future progression.

The Key Stage 4 options process is therefore an important and exciting phase in a student's education. As a result, students will receive a lot of advice and guidance to help them to make appropriate choices from a range of option subjects; these decisions will not only shape their time at Ilkley Grammar School, but will also affect their future lives.

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2023-24 Key Stage 4 Options Booklet

Timings for our 2023-24 Key Stage 4 options process (Year 9 to 10):

Please note, these dates are provisional.

Year 9



Year 9-10 Options Assembly Launch 

Distribution of options booklets electronically

Wednesday 24th January 2024 during PBT

Year 9 Parents’ evening

Tuesday 30th January 2024

Options forms available electronically

Wednesday 31st January 2024

PBT sessions with Leadership Team 

Wednesday 31st January &

Wednesday 7th February 2024

February half term

12th - 16th February 2024

Year 8 and 9 Options Evening

Wednesday 6th March 2024

Optional drop in meetings with Leadership Team

Monday 19th February -

Wednesday 28th February 2024

Deadline for submission of electronic options forms

Wednesday 13th March 2024

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