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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 CSI (Concepts, Society and Ideology), 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.

Timings for our 2019 Key Stage 4 (Years 9 into 10) Options processes are below:


Year 9 Parents’ Evening

Thursday 31st January 2019

Year 9 Options Assembly Launch

Distribution of options booklets

Taster Day at Keighley College

Wednesday 6th February 2019

Saturday 9th February 2019


Monday 18th February – Friday 22nd February 2019

Year 9 electronic options form available

Monday 25th February 2019

Year 8 and 9 Choices Evening including options presentation to parents

Wednesday 13TH March 2019

Deadline for submission of options forms

Wednesday 20th  March 2019

Students’ interviews in small groups

Between  Monday 25th February and Tuesday 12th March 2019

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