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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





Options Assemblies



Options Taster Sessions



Options Evening - In School

Parent/Carer(s) and students

20th March 2023

Options Online will open

Parent/Carer(s) and students

24th March 2023 UPDATED DATE

Deadline for Options Online

Parent/Carer(s) and students


Options Interviews


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) 

PSHE, SMSC, Careers, RSE, Citizenship and RE are delivered via the Personal Development Curriculum. This programme is offered on a weekly basis. Form time is used to conduct a fortnightly ‘big debate’ including a PSHE topic. In addition, the assembly programme is mapped to build on the themes covered in Personal Development lessons.

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









Hospitality & Catering



Health & Social Care


Film Studies


Dance - (Video Coming soon - watch this space!)


Creative iMedia - (Video Coming soon - watch this space!)




Physical Education


Sports Studies









Design and Technology


Performing Arts 




Religious Studies