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Year 9 Options


Our Aim

For all of our students to achieve their personal best and transition successfully from their education at Royds Hall onto a variety of post 16 opportunities and pathways which may include apprenticeships or courses at College. The options process will allow your son/daughter to choose from a range of GCSEs and vocational qualifications, which will allow them to study the subjects that are required nationally and choose some that will fulfil their interests and skill set.

Timeline for the Options Process at Royds Hall

Date Event Audience
10th February Options Assemblies Students
W/C 1st March Taster Lessons Students
4th March 5.30 – 7pm

On Thursday 4th March 2021 you will have time to watch all the subject videos and read all information about the 2021 Options process at Royds Hall. We are also offering parent/carers the opportunity to join us live on Zoom for virtual question and answer sessions. These sessions will aim to resolve any final questions relating to the options process. If you have any questions leading up to the event please email Mrs Woodhead on

The live virtual sessions will take place on Zoom at 4:30pm - 5:00 pm and then 6:00pm - 6:30 pm

To join these sessions please use the links and passcodes below.

First session

4:30 pm 4th March 3021

Meeting ID: 781 6621 9005

Passcode: Royds1

Second session 

6:00pm 4th March 2021

Meeting ID: 747 0382 3959

Passcode: Royd2


Parent/Carer(s) and students
8th March Deadline for Options Online Parent/Carer(s) and students
W/C 15th March Options Interviews Students

Year 10 - 11 Curriculum

We believe very strongly that one of the core purposes of secondary school is to equip all students with a range of skills, which are developed through a broad, balanced and ambitious curriculum. These key skills enable Royds Hall students to successfully progress at the age of 16 to a Sixth-form college, to a vocational course, or into an apprenticeship or job with training. Therefore, the Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) curriculum at Royds Hall is designed to provide a rigorous academic core for all students, alongside a range of curriculum options which enable students to specialise in the subjects they enjoy the most.

The after the information on the Core curriculum (and before the videos) please would you put the following;

In addition to the core curriculum all students will select a range of options to suit their talents, interests and career aspirations. Overviews of the available subject choices are provided in the videos below and in the options booklet. Please be aware that whilst every effort is made to run every subject option, final decisions about the curriculum offer are subject to the following constraints: staffing, student demand and availability of specialist rooms.

The Core Curriculum

English – all students study English Language and English Literature GCSE 

Mathematics – all students study Mathematics GCSE  Science – all students study either double award

Science (leading to 2 GCSEs), or the separate sciences (leading to separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics) 

ERIC (Ethics, Citizenship, Ideas and Citizenship programme which covers PSHEE, SMSC and Religious Studies) – non-examined. Students take a discussion-based approach to key themes from the personal, social, economic and health education curriculum. 

PE – An opportunity to do physical exercises or sport, which support wellbeing and healthy lifestyle choices.

What is the English Baccalaureate?

English schools are now required to deliver an English Baccalaureate (EBacc) curriculum to the vast majority of its students.

The Government believes that schools should offer students a broad range of academic subjects to the age of 16, and the English Baccalaureate promotes this aspiration.

The EBacc is not a qualification in itself. It will recognise students’ achievements across a core of selected academic subjects in getting good passes (standard pass = Grade 4, good pass = Grade 5) in rigorous GCSEs. The English Baccalaureate will cover achievement in English, Mathematics, Sciences, a Language and a Humanities subject. A student who achieves the English Baccalaureate will, therefore, gain GCSEs at grades 5 and above at Royds Hall in:

  • English or in English Language and Literature (Double Award)
  • Mathematics
  • Two Sciences (Computer Science can count as one Science)
  • A Humanities subject (this must be either History or Geography)
  • A Modern Foreign Language (at Royds Hall this will be French or Spanish)
  • In addition, students will also choose two options, meaning they achieve two additional qualifications to suit their interests, skills and enthusiasm

Please see below information for each subject.

Options Online - Signing Up

Options Evening Overview



Hospitality & Catering


Health & Social Care

Film Studies


Creative iMedia

Computer Science

Child Development


Physical Education





Design and Technology



Religious Studies