8 January – 14 June 2024

Image of KS4 Options Information 2024

Our KS4 options process will begin on Monday 5th February 2024.

You can see full details about the process, the specific dates and times below:


The Process

The decisions concerning which subjects to follow in Years 10 and 11 are very important ones.  Students, parents/carers and teachers must work together to make the most appropriate decisions.  The process should provide opportunities for both information-giving and discussion so that informed choices can be made.

Career Conversations/Support
with all Year 9 Students

Available every Wednesday
lunchtime in the
Careers room next to the Library.

Drop-in sessions for Year 9 students
are available every Wednesday lunchtime.
Here you can ask for information to help you
plan your next steps.






Wednesday 7th February


KS4 - Year 10 Courses of Study and Subject Information Booklet 2024 Available 

This booklet provides an explanation to parents/carers/students about the process, the choices available, how the selection process will operate and an opportunity to start reading more
about different subjects. 

If you have additional questions for Curriculum Leaders please feel free to contact them at school.




Friday 9th February 


Online Videos Available from 9am

  • Introductory video from Mr Haycocks
  • Overview video from Mr Morgan
  • Subject details video from subject leaders




Thursday 22nd February


Online Options Preferences Form

The online form will be emailed to students on
Thursday 22nd February.

The forms MUST be completed online by
Tuesday 19th March.



Monday 14th February to
Wednesday 7th March


Additional Support

Additional support available from 
Form Tutor/HOH/Curriculum Leaders or SLT on request.
 (email directly or via enquiries@balshaws.org.uk).



Friday 8th March 


Year 9 Tracking Reports Issued
to Parents/Carers

An up-to-date report giving assessment results/attitude to both learning, as well as additional information where applicable to support decision-making.



Thursday 14th March


Year 9 Parents’ Evening
4pm to 7pm

An opportunity to discuss current performance and
future potential.




Tuesday 19th March


Online Options Preference Form
Return Date

Nb:  The option to continue studying a Modern Foreign Language and therefore following the EBACC suite of qualifications to GCSE is open to all students. MFL teachers have closely monitored and tracked the progress of all students in KS3, but in Year 9 especially, and those students whose prior attainment and progress tracking indicates that they have the academic ability to pursue the EBACC pathway will continue to study either French or Spanish. Therefore, students who, it has been determined, will continue to study MFL to qualification will be emailed the link to the Pathway One form and other students will be emailed the link to the Pathway Two form.





Options Preference Forms Processed

Follow-up with individual students as required.





Parents/carers/students notified of subjects, confirmation of teaching groups.