Options Booklet – Year 10

Welcome to our new Secondary curriculum, which will be implemented from September 2020, where students choose their Options for the subjects they will continue to study in Years 10 and 11

The curriculum at PACA will ensure that all children have access to a wide range of learning opportunities. Experiences will be designed to be enriching and engaging. Learning will be planned to include real life events and drawing on prior knowledge, enabling children to make connections and to develop their cultural experiences. Teaching and Learning across the school draws on nationally recognised and research-led approaches and aims to equip children to make strong progress towards agreed end points. We continue to work hard so that we fully prepare your children for their next stages of education and to lead their own successful lives.

We are looking to develop a strong ‘co-curriculum’, which means an exciting and creative range of extracurricular activities, training and educational opportunities. This will support our academic curriculum and vice-versa. This will allow students, staff and even parents to add to their own learning and development. We are maintaining and strengthening our links with Plymouth College of Art who we hope will play a key role in this provision.

I hope to meet with you in face to face meetings in the Autumn term and will write to you during this term about our values, expectations and vision for our school.

Warm Wishes

Polly Lovell

Secondary Head


Timeline for parents and students – Option Process (Year 9 to Year 10)

The option process is for the Year 9 students entering Year 10 and Key Stage 4.

Friday 29th May – Letter sent to you from Polly Lovell (Head of Secondary School) outlining the curriculum model and the option process.

Monday 1st June – Friday 5th June – You will receive a phone call from a member of the SLT to discuss the curriculum model and the option process

Monday 8th June – Parents and students will be sent letters to access the option process which will include

  • Online Option forms
  • Online Option booklet which will contain information about the subject options, timeline, frequently asked questions and the option process.

Monday 8th JuneFriday 12th June – Staff will be available to pick up on any queries or issues with the option process.

Monday 15th June – All option forms must be completed by students and parents

Please click on the link below for more details about the options process and different subject areas available.

Options process

English Language & Literature

Computer Science

Creative Media Production
Art & Design
PE/ Sport
Performing Arts
DT / Engineering
Hospitality and Catering
Health and Social Care
Child Care