Choosing for Success

Best Choice

We operate a three year programme of study to enable the students to develop deeper knowledge and understanding of their chosen subjects and offer breadth beyond the examination specifications. We will encourage students to enjoy their learning, improve their personal organisational skills and enhance their cultural capital through enrichment opportunities.

The GCSE offer is planned with a clear progression onto Post 16 studies and beyond. In Year 8 students are supported in making informed choices and are encouraged to study a broad range of subjects including humanities, languages and the arts. Where appropriate some students may follow an alternative curriculum.​

The type of Level 2 qualifications (GCSE, BTEC, CNat) on offer have been chosen to ensure high quality transition to Level 3 courses.

Our Options at The Burgate 2021

Decision Time


If having read all the information in this handbook you are still unsure what to choose:

  • ask your subject teachers for guidance

  • ask your tutor, your parents, your friends for their  advice


Once you have had all your questions answered and you have considered your future career needs you will be ready to fill in the Options Form.


Please note that while we make our best efforts to accommodate every student’s option choices, inevitably it is not possible to offer every combination of subjects.  We have to consider group sizes carefully to ensure that there are enough students to make the group viable, but not so many that each individual within the group cannot learn effectively.


The deadline for the completion of options forms is Monday 10 May 2021.

Please tell us your option choices using our online form Year 8 Options Form 2021 this will be a live link in now LIVE.

Good luck in the decision making process!


Mrs Gibson

Deputy Headteacher – Curriculum