Benjamin Britten Academy of Music & Mathematics

An 11-18 co-educational day school and Centre of Excellence in Mathematics

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February - March

Series of assemblies to explain the courses and the 'Options' procedures to students, including careers advice, post 16 and further education providers.

w/c 11 March

Year 9 Options launch

Subject information will go live on the school website
(students should log in to the website to view this content).

Year 9 Careers

Google Classroom


All Year 9 students have been invited to their Careers Google Classroom. This is a fantastic hub of resources for your child, which includes content specifically aimed at helping them choose their GCSE option subjects.

Our local colleges and universities have also pitched in and sent us videos containing lots of useful information on how the choices you make now can facilitate future college and university courses.

Students should have taken their careers workbook home following their careers lessons last term, however if they did not or have misplaced it, then we have also popped a copy of this in the google classroom for a reminder of the options content we covered in class.

Wed 20 March



Options Presentation 

5:45 pm for a 6:45 pm presentation Tutor Groups: 9AMC, 9APH, 9DBA, 9ELE, 9EPI

Please park in the Foxy car park and make your way to the main school dining hall where you can meet our Post 16 providers and teachers, followed by a presentation at 6:45 pm

6:45 pm for a 7:45 pm presentation Tutor Groups: 9HHA, 9KAS, 9LCA, 9TDO, 9TFE

Please park in the Main School car park and make your way to the main school dining hall where you can meet our Post 16 providers and teachers, followed by a presentation at 7:45 pm

This is an opportunity to learn about the Key Stage 4 curriculum and choices process.  There will be the opportunity to discuss specific subjects with subject teachers, post 16 providers, Mrs Jenkins and the Year 9 Team.

A copy of the presentation will be placed on the school website.

A Google Form will be emailed to your child’s school email account to complete. The form can also be accessed by scanning the QR code below.  This will be open for responses from 20th March.

Wednesday 27 March

Deadline for completed 'Options' form to be submitted via Google Forms.   

Processing will not commence until the deadline has passed.

15 – 17 April

Year 9 Assessments in English, Maths and Science.  

These assessments are sat under exam conditions in the sports halls/study centre.  They are independent of the options process but help with the initial setting of Year 10 as the three bands of lower school moves to 2 bands in Key Stage 4, moving from 9 teaching groups to 10.

April - July

After receiving your form, we will be running a series of ‘dry-runs’ to see what the best combination of subjects will be. 

Initially we will give students an open choice, but eventually we may have to ask students to select one subject from each pool or option block. 

This is often the point where disappointment sinks in as there will be combinations that won’t be possible, where courses may be over-subscribed or options need to be re-thought.

In the past five years, we have been able to find an excellent fit based on open choices, however there will be a small number of students for whom we are unable to offer the combination of subjects they have requested.

If this is the case, we will talk to you and your son or daughter to discuss the best possible solution.

Early July

Options confirmed.

In this section...

Year 9 Options : Subject Presentations

See also...

NHS 111 mental health support

Google Classroom - Change Notification Settings

Year 11 Students Summer Holiday NCS Experience

Careers education, information, advice and guidance at Benjamin Britten School

Useful Careers Websites

Gastro Menu

Mobile Phone and Smart Watch Policy.

My Homework

Careers videos for lessons




Safeguarding - Child Exploitation (CCE)and Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Safeguarding - Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health

Business Studies

Safeguarding - Child to Parent Abuse

Trustee Contact Information

University of East Anglia Data Sharing Procedures

Hartismere Family Privacy Notice

Year 11 Supporting Success

Term Dates


Admissions information

Artificial intelligence and assessments

Local Governing Body Information

Local Governing Body Vacancies

School Newsletters


Hartismere Family :: Policy Documents

Year 9 Options 2024-2025


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