Welcome to your GCSE Options Video Guide

We would have loved to be welcoming you in to school to give you this information in person about our fantastic 3-year GCSE programme that your children will shortly be embarking on.

However, until we can invite you back into school to talk to our staff in person we have put together this ‘GCSE Options Video Guide’ to bring our wonderful staff to you instead with an ‘Introduction to…’ video for each of our GCSE course subjects, and to give students and parents a taste of what each course will offer.

We hope that this GCSE Options guide will help with making the right choices at this very important stage of your child’s educational journey.

GCSE Options Information Booklet

For more information on our GCSE programme, we have put together this GCSE Options information Booklet. We hope you find it useful.


So which subjects are right for you? Watch our subject video guides to help you decide.

And last but not least, a little advice from our Year 9 students...

Hear from current Year 9 students Amelie and Arthur, on their own experiences of choosing GCSE options at Downsend, and what it’s like moving from Year 8 into Year 9.

Thank you for watching.

We hope you have found this information useful, and that it helps to answer some of your child’s initial questions around their GCSE options, and to help guide them towards making the right decisions for them.

We look forward to welcoming you, albeit virtually, to our live GCSE Options Information session next Thursday 11th March, where we will be delighted to receive your questions and delve further into your child’s GCSE subject choices.

Links for the Options Evening Question and Answer sessions have been e-mailed to Year 8 Parents, and can be found on your child’s Teams calendar. If you have not received the links, please contact the Senior School office: seniorschool@downsend.co.uk and we can pass these to you.

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