Options Process

Miss S Teare

Acting Assistant Headteacher


School Mission

‘As a Catholic school, our mission is to show love through our respect for others.  We value our God-given gifts, talents and abilities. Our aim is to bring out the best in everyone, within a safe and happy environment.  Everyone should know that we are followers of God by what we do, not just by what we say.’

The Mission Statement of The Barlow expresses our intention to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their academic ability, are given the opportunity to fulfil their potential – not only academically but spiritually, morally, socially, emotionally and physically.  So that all pupils may: “have life and have it to the full”.  (John 10:10). It is important that the curriculum offered inspires; challenges and safeguards all of our students, and prepares them for life in modern Britain.

Year 8 Options

Students at The Barlow RC High School select their KS4 Options in Year 8. This allows students to secure and embed a deeper understanding of the knowledge acquired through the course.  Additionally, students have voiced their enjoyment at selecting their chosen subjects at an earlier age.  As a general guide, students are directed to select subjects which they enjoy, are good at and which will help them secure the kind of employment they are considering in the future.

Students are encouraged to discuss their option choices with parents and carers in addition to Faculty Leaders, who are best placed to give subject specific advice. 

Please see below for a timeline of the Option Process, with the final deadline for submitting the completed option form to Family Tutors by Tuesday 30th April 2019.

Options Timeline

Options Booklet 2020        Help with Option Choices

English Language
English Literature
Combined Science
Triple Science
Religious Studies
Art, Craft & Design
Business and Enterprise – Technical Award NCFE Level 1/2
Child Development
Computer Science
3D Design
Engineering Manufacture
Graphic Communication
Hospitality & Catering
Music BTEC
Music GCSE
Physical Education
Spanish GCSE