Year 8 Options

There is lots to come and this section of the website will continue to be updated in the next few weeks.

This term marks the start of the GCSE options process for our year 8 students. It is an important time for our students and we have taken the decision to proceed during the current lockdown. Students will follow a clear plan  to help them determine the best combination of subjects to take at GCSE, whilst at the same time ensuring that their curriculum experience at school is broad, balanced and enjoyable. Please find below a timeline of key dates:

Week commencing 25th January - Options process introduction to students in assembly

Week commencing 8th February – Trial run for students selecting options (using the online system)

Thursday 25th February – Options evening (via Zoom)

Monday 22nd February to Monday 22nd March - Taster lessons through wellbeing lessons

Thursday 25th March – Parents’ evening

Friday 2nd April – Deadline for online submission of Options


These dates may change depending on the situation at the time.


If you have any questions please contact Mr Watts ( or Mr Saunders (, Head of Year 8.


Thank you for your continued support with The Matthew Arnold School.

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