GCSE Option Choice Process


In Syntax and Poetry core subjects are taken by all students, then they choose four additional subjects to begin the process of personalising their learning which will be developed further on entry into Rhetoric (Sixth Form).

In deciding which subjects to choose, students should bear in mind that subjects that are enjoyed and in which the student is particularly motivated will bring the best results.  There is also a need to choose carefully so as not to exclude the possibility of taking one of the optional subjects at A Level.

There are always constraints when options have to be decided, but we have designed our process to maximise choice by using student request as the starting point for creating option blocks.  Please use this handbook to help you to discuss the choices as a family.  Further details of the specifications can be found on the examination board websites which are listed on page 5.

Initial choices will be used to create the option blocks which we hope will satisfy most students, although we cannot guarantee we can accommodate all preferences for every student, due to timetabling constraints.

The table below summarises the curriculum in Syntax and Poetry.


Each core subject (Religious Education, English, Mathematics and Science) has the ability to set students independently in Syntax and Poetry.  Thus a student may be in the top set for Mathematics but a lower set for English etc.

Students select three from the list of options plus a Language.

Compulsory: Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, Art, Craft and Design, Business Studies, Computer Science, Design and Technology, Drama, French, Geography, History, ICT, Music, Sports Studies French, German, Italian, Spanish, Latin

Please remember: Timetabling constraints may mean that not all subject combinations are possible.