Key Stage 4 Options


Until now, students have studied a broad range of subjects as they have been required to follow the national curriculum. As they move into Key Stage 4, this will change and students will study the core subjects, along with the options subjects they will choose. We call this the Options Process.

The selection process needs a lot of thought, care and discussion with all sorts of people who are ready and willing to help.

On this page you will find more information about the Options Process and all the courses we have to offer. It has been written to help you select the courses that are right for you.

This section of our website is designed to provide advice and information for students choosing their options so that they understand the process and make informed choices about the courses which are right for you.

Making the Choice

We suggest that students ask themselves these two key questions:

  • What do you enjoy?
  • What are you really good at?

As long as answers are not based on personal considerations such as feelings towards subject teachers or school friends, then they should provide a valuable starting point for selection. You may want to talk to a member of staff about your choices and you will have opportunity to do this during the Options Evening on Thursday, 14th March 2024.

KS4 Options Booklet

This booklet will give you more details about the options process, what subjects are available, what you will study on each course and how it will be assessed.

Year 9 Options Evening

If you and your child need further and support to make a decision about which subjects to choose, there will be an opportunity to discuss options with members of staff on Thursday, 14 March 2024.

This will be an opportunity to discuss options with members of staff.

Throughout the evening there will be a careers advisor and representatives from local colleges to offer support and advice with option choices when considering post-16 opportunities. 

Year 9 are invited to a Careers Fair at Carleton High School prior to the options evening. This year it will be taking place on Tuesday 12 March 2024. Students will visit during the day and parents can join students at the event after school.