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Year 8 Mini Options 2024 – Frequently asked questions

How to make your mini option choices

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What is the Arts & Technology options process?

We are asking all Year 8 students to select the Arts and Technology subjects they follow in Year 9, allowing them to study their chosen subjects in more depth. This is not their GCSE choices but will be their first opportunity to make good choices, helping them practice important decision-making skills.

How many Optional Subjects can I choose?
Students will need to rank the subjects Drama and DT Graphics in order of preference, 1 being the first choice subject.

Students will also need to rank the subjects Art and Textiles, Dance, Music and Photography in order of preference, 1 being the first choice subject.

What support is available in this process?

The Year 8 Mini-Options booklet is published below.

From March, in lesson time, students will be receiving information from their teachers about the option subjects. All information about the courses will be in the option booklet. Please read the options booklet carefully and begin to discuss with your son/daughter about their choices.

How do I make my option choices?

Options choices will be made via Edval Choice. Students will be sent a web code with an email link on Wednesday 13th March. Details and Information about how to use Edval Choice can be found in the options booklet. Closing date for the Year 8 Mini-Options is Friday 19th April.

Who can I ask for further help and support?

If you have further enquiries about the options process, you can email