Year 8 Options 2022

Each year, students in Year 8 complete their Options at Penrice, signalling the first time in their education where they have a say in what they study. Whilst this is an important milestone and some students will already be sure about what they want to choose, even what they wish to study beyond Penrice, others will be unsure and that is perfectly normal, especially under current circumstances.

We are ambitious for our students, and we want to create every opportunity for them to be able to study a broad and balanced range of knowledge and skills, as well as be competitive in an ever-changing world.

Year 8 Options Timeline

Tuesday 3 May – Options Evening
Families were invited in to receive an information talk in the Main Hall as well as taking the opportunity to visit subject areas, finding out more about what students will be studying both in their enrichment year (Year 9) and at GCSE.

Tuesday 3 May – Options Booklet Published
The Year 8 Options Brochure was published on Tuesday 3 May and can be viewed below.

Wednesday 11 May (Revised date)
Year 8 progress reports will go home.

Thursday 12 May
Year 8 Virtual Progress Evening. This is an opportunity for parents and students to discuss their progress and options with subject teachers.

Friday 13 May
Options form goes live. Students and parents can complete options form preference ranking.

*If you have missed the original deadline, please scroll down and complete the late applications form urgently.
3 May – 20 May
All students will have a personalised interview with a teacher to discuss their option choices and future aspirations. Parents can also attend.

20 May
Options form deadline.

Please note that the Options Form submission deadline has now passed. If you have not yet submitted your options, please complete the below form urgently.

23 May – 16 June
Check suitability of option choices and fix any issues.

17 June
Confirmatory letter to parents to confirm option choices.

Information given during the Options Evening combined with the appointments made for the Virtual Progress Evening should answer all questions regarding Options this year. However further support will be available to anyone who would benefit from it during the week where the form is being completed.

We look forward to working through the Options process with you later this year.

Final Words

A reminder that Options are not given on a first come first served basis, so please take your time in completing the form. We look forward to reading through your selections

To explore subjects and how they can build towards career paths and aspirations, we recommend students register on Careerpilot at