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The James Hornsby School

The Trust’s core aim is to ensure that we enhance the life chances of all the young people within the Trust to enable them to fulfil their potential and achieve the best possible outcomes.

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Options Process

Options Process

Our ultimate purpose is to ignite hope, drive ambition and advance the life chances for everyone who is part of the James Hornsby family.

Here at James Hornsby, students begin their options process in Year 9, in order to begin their KS4 studies in Year 10. Included in this are compulsory subjects that students have to study and also optional subjects, which the students select.

Compulsory subjects include:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Double science
  • PSHE

Depending on the students pathway, students will be able to select from a variety of subjects to take. Subjects include GCSE qualifications and vocational subjects. Optional subjects will include new courses not studied before, for example, GCSE Sociology and vocational courses, such as, Hair & Beauty, Construction, Travel & Tourism, plus many more. The extensive range of subjects on offer includes both academic and vocational courses, which will give students the qualifications they need for their next steps, and to achieve future success.

Throughout Year 9 students and parents will be informed of the pathway for their KS4 journey and the options available to them to select. Our personalised pathways make learning more engaging for our students, and drive their motivation as they start their journey into the wider world.


December – Launch of Options in assembly

January – Parent presentation to explain pathways

February – Every student will carry out survey once you know your pathway to find out what subjects they might like to study

February – Options evening presentation

March – “Taster” sessions for subjects not in KS3

March – 1-1 student interview to discuss your options

End of March – Deadline date for your options application