GCSE Options 2021

Straw Poll Information

Welcome to the Year 9 Options page for 2021. We are aware that this year is providing more challenges than usual, please ensure you spend time with your child looking through the Options booklet and watching the subject videos below.

A detailed timeline is on page 3 of the Options booklet, for your easy reference the key dates are outlined below.

Thursday 21st January (16:30-18:30) Virtual Options Evening
There will be a presentation via Microsoft Teams explaining the options process and subject teachers will be on hand to discuss the content of the subject and the suitability of your child for the subject. Following this, students will also be provided with a “Straw Poll Form” to indicate which subjects they wish to choose. This is not a final choice, but it allows us to put together the blocks of choices so that we can accommodate the largest possible number of students.

Tuesday 2nd February –  Straw Poll Deadline: the straw poll has now closed. If you have any queries, please email a.nalborczyk@todhigh.co.uk

Thursday 11th March Options Meetings
You and your child will be invited to attend an Options meeting via phone with either your child’s form tutor, Learning Manager, SENCO or a member of the Leadership team.  This member of staff can offer information, advice and guidance based on your child’s progress to date and their future ambitions to ensure that they are choosing the path that is right for them. The majority of appointments will take place on Thursday 11th March (4pm-6pm), though we will be flexible and move this to a time convenient to all parties if needed.

Thursday 25th March – Final Deadline for the submission of the final Options Choices form.

If you have any questions about the process, then please contact the Learning Manager for Year 9 for more information, or alternatively you can speak to Mrs Coates (DHT). You can view in depth curriculum plans for KS4 courses on our curriculum page.

Straw Poll Form 2021

Options Evening letter 15.01.21

Additional information from Rochdale Sixth Form

Initial letter to parents 17.12.20

Final Options Form 2021

GCSE Options 2021- Subject Videos


(One EBacc choice must be taken)

Separate Sciences**

Computer Science**

** Separate Sciences and Computer Science have challenging content and are therefore only suitable for students
currently working at ‘Securing’ or ‘Excelling’ in that subject. If you have further questions, please speak to Mr Keane (a.keane@todhigh.co.uk) for Separate Sciences and Mr Chattell (d.chattell@todhigh.co.uk) for Computer Science. 




Open Choices

GCSE subjects

Art, Craft and Design / Photography

** Photography is taken as a separate option from Art, Craft and Design- the video at the top of this column covers both options.

EPR (Ethics, Philosophy and Religion)

Business Studies

Film Studies

Design Technology

Vocational Courses

Child Development

Health and Social Care


Performing Arts

Hospitality and Catering


Sports Studies

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