Choosing Your Year 8 Options

Cressex Community School has decided to bring forward the choosing of GCSE/BTEC options to year 8 as it is felt that this gives students in year 9, 10 and 11 more time to study and prepare for both the compulsory and optional courses. Many schools in Buckinghamshire have adopted this model.

We recognise that this important milestone comes relatively early on in our students’ secondary school journey, so to help our year 8 students make the best decision possible, Cressex has created a programme of evenings and one to one sessions with staff. We believe that this will go a long way to help students and parents make informed and effective decisions, particularly when they may be considering subjects they have not yet studied such as Business, Performing Arts and Health and Social Care.

Please take a moment to look at the following schedule which provide details of the events coming up and their timings.  If you have any questions or concerns about the year 8 options process, please don’t hesitate to contact Miss Jones, Key Stage 3 Leader, at

Year 8 Options Events - Schedule
23rd November 2017 - Year 8 parents' evening
25th January 2018 - Year 8 options evening, 6 pm - 7 pm; talk by Headteacher at 6.30 pm.
Week commencing 29th January 2018 - Option interviews
23rd February 2018 - Deadline for option form to be completed and returned to school with parent signature
9th March 2018 - Students informed of option choices
23rd March 2018 - Deadline for changes in writing