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Smithdon High School

KS4 Subject Choices

In the Spring term of Year 9, students are supported to consider their subject choices for study in Years 10 and 11.

All students are required to study the core subjects of Maths, English and Science (the latter either as Combined Science or Triple Science, but this path is decided by the Science department, in consultation with students and parents at the end of Year 10). Students will then be on one of 2 pathways where studying a language is either compulsory or highly recommended. All students are then required to choose at least one subject out of History or Geography.

Students then select their other subjects to match their interests, abilities and aspirations to complete their Key Stage Four studies with a total of 4 "option" subjects.

Careful thought and consideration should be given to your child’s choices, in order to reflect their strengths and any future career plans they may already be considering. 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 when this time comes.

Further information on subject choices, the process and key dates will be sent out directly to Year 9 students and their parents, as well as being published here on the website.

KS4 Curriculum Guide

This Curriculum Guide is designed to help you to choose the courses you will study in Years 10 and 11. The next two school years are a very important part of your education. This Guide is designed to help you make the right choices for you and to achieve the best possible results in all of your subjects by the end of Year 11.

KS4 Curriculum Guide

Options Timeline

KS4 Choices Timeline and Key Dates:

Key Dates for 2022 process - TBC



Choices programme launched to students and fact-finding questionnaire completed


Subject video assemblies held

Curriculum Guide book published


Booking opens for parents’ evening


“Next steps” assemblies held. Information given about Sixth form, College and apprenticeships.


Y9 Parents’ Evening


Guide for using the online “choices” tool launched.

FAQ session held in form time for final bits of information.


Online Q and A session for parents and guardians.


Online Choice Selection programme opens for 2 weeks


Online Choices Selection closes. All subject choices must be submitted by this date


Year 9 assessments held


Subject choices confirmed with students