3rd March 2022




Dear Parent/Carer,


GCSE Options Process: Year 9 students who will start Year 10 GCSE Courses in September 2022.


Welcome to the beginning of the GCSE Options process for our current Year 9 students at Werneth School. These students will be embarking on their Key Stage 4 (KS4) studies from September this year. This is a crucial time for our student and we are here to both guide and advise them as they make important choices which will have a direct impact on their future life chances. 


At Werneth, we aim to provide a curriculum which:


  • matches the abilities and aspirations of our pupils.
  • fulfils the ambitions of parents/carers for their children.
  • meets the requirements and expectations of further education providers and employers.


The curriculum at Werneth offers a broad and balanced range of courses, with the essential subjects of English, Mathematics and Science at the core of our provision.  All students at Werneth will be studying the following subjects as part of their compulsory education at KS4:


  • GCSE English Language
  • GCSE English Literature
  • GCSE Mathematics
  • GCSE Science (Combined Science or 3 Separate Sciences)
  • Core PE, Core RE and Core Life Learning


In addition, students will have 3 option choices, the details of which will depend on the pathway on which they have been placed.


As part of the process to guide your child to the correct balance of subjects, we have analysed the performance data of each of our Year 9 students and checked their performance with subject teachers.  We have then placed individuals on what we believe to be the appropriate KS4 pathway to enable them to attain, achieve and maximise their potential over the coming two years of GCSE and beyond.  We have two pathways:


  • The Ebacc Pathway
  • The Open Pathway

Students on the Ebacc pathway will study at least one humanities subject from GCSE History and GCSE Geography and a Modern Foreign Language from French, Spanish*or German*. The remaining option choice may be selected from a wide range of high value Level 2 qualifications including GCSEs and vocational courses.


Students on the Open pathway must select at least one subject from an Ebacc list of subjects including History, Geography, French, Spanish*or German* and Computer Science.  The remaining two option choices may be selected from a wide range of high value Level 2 qualifications including GCSEs and vocational courses.


We advise students to maintain a broad and balanced choice of subjects to ensure that future pathways are kept open.  Although career direction and particular interests are important, we believe that students are more likely to succeed if they choose subjects that they enjoy and have a keen interest in.


We ask families to take full advantage of the guidance and resources available and to discuss the possibilities and choices thoroughly. The staff at Werneth are here to support pupils in making the right choices in order to ensure each individual is able to follow an appropriate pathway to success.

The following will be available to help you and your son or daughter make your selections:


  • Assemblies and presentations for students during February March.
  • Option booklet outlining all the courses offered in the option process.
  • 10th March – Year 9 Parents’ Evening – an opportunity to discuss options with subject teachers.
  • 24th March – Year 9 Options Evening.
  • 28th March - Options fair (during school time) delivered by Year 11 Students.
  • Dedicated email to respond to all your option queries  options@wernethschool.com
  • Option Forms returned by Friday 1st April.


(*Please note that Spanish and German may only be selected if studied in Year 9)


Yours sincerely


G Kennedy


Gill Kennedy

Assistant Headteacher, KS3




Options Booklet

Options Y8 Choices