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The Robert Napier School

Year 8 Options

Welcome to the Year 8 options page to help your son/daughter choose the right subjects to study from Year 9.  As we are not able to meet in person this year, this page is dedicated to ensuring you have all the information necessary to help make the right decisions.  Please note that this replaces the original evening event planned for the 25th February 2021. 

Please navigate your way using the contents on the right-hand side of the page. To begin with please review my presentation (at the bottom of this page) where I explain the options process and provide some guidance to help your son / daughter make the right choices.  The options booklet (attached at the very bottom of the page) contains all the course information and gives you a full understanding of the curriculum content covered in KS4, as well as how the courses are assessed and the qualification type.  Once you have reviewed these two resources, please watch all of the subject videos (accessed via the links on the right) to bring each subject to life and to consider each option subject.  We have also included presentations from non-option subjects which your son/daughter will be studying, so you can see the complete breadth of the curriculum and have an understanding of everything studied.

On 25th February 2021 between 4pm and 6pm you have the opportunity to have a 5 minute consultation with your Director of Learning OR a member of the Leadership Team to ask any specific questions regarding the process.  Please note, they will not be able to answer subject specific questions, these should be directed to the appropriate Heads of Department, whose contact details can be found  here.  You should have received a letter to detailing how to arrange a meeting or you can sign up for your meeting here: .  If you are unable to make an appointment and would prefer to phone / email, please do so by telephone (01634 851157) or email (  In all correspondence please state your child’s name and their form group.

Your son/ daughter’s Form Tutor will be in touch with a phone consultation during the fortnight beginning 1st March.  This is another opportunity to discuss the specific needs of your son/daughter’s option choices and to answer any questions. 

The link to the options form will be shared via the form tutor on MS Teams.  This form is where the option subjects will be selected and must be submitted no later that the 12th March 2021. 

Please discuss all options together carefully before submitting the form, as it is very difficult to change options once the form has been submitted.  Your son/daughter will receive a letter during Term 6 to confirm their option subjects.  If there are any issues or concerns, we will be contact you beforehand. 

I wish you all the best in carefully choosing your option subjects to ensure you consider the breadth and depth of the curriculum, together with potential career options. 

Mrs Jane Dunnett

Deputy Headteacher