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Key Stage 4 Options

Key Stage Four is the start of a very important stage in your son or daughter’s education.  At the end of Year 9, students choose which subjects and courses they wish to study in Years 10 and 11.

It is essential that students select the most appropriate subjects and courses.  Not only should students follow a pathway that contains subjects they enjoy and are most interested in, but they should also opt for the most appropriate subjects to give them a broad and balanced curriculum.

An overview of the options process

  • Options booklets are distributed to all Year 9 students and their parents or carers at the end of January to give an overview of the process and subjects on offer. This is a copy of our most recent booklet: KS4 Option Booklet 2023.
  • Students are talked through how to navigate the booklet and submit their option choices in a dedicated assembly.
  • The Year 9 Parents’ Evening is an opportunity for parents and carers to discuss their child’s most recent Review and their suitability for studying subjects further.
  • Options choices are submitted using SIMS Parent (www.sims-parent.co.uk).
  • Once choices have been submitted, option requests are timetabled and confirmation of choices is provided to students by late March.

Should you have any queries regarding the options process, please contact Mr D Lawson, Curriculum Coordinator: Options & Timetable at d.lawson@burford.oxon.sch.uk 

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