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Ss John Fisher and Thomas More
Roman Catholic High School

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Pathways (Options)

Year 9 Pathways

At Ss John Fisher & Thomas More RC High School, we aim to provide all of our pupils with a broad, rich and well-taught curriculum. The curriculum has been constructed to offer a rich web of learning that provides the capacity for our pupils to acquire knowledge, deepen understanding and develop the skills required to increase the opportunities they have later in life.

Year 9 is an important year for our pupils as they are asked to choose the subjects they intend to study at Key Stage 4. The curriculum offers a diverse number of pathways making the selection process daunting as well as exciting; consequently having access to high quality information, advice and guidance is crucial. 


In Year 9 pupils should be carefully considering the subjects they would like to pursue at Key Stage 4. It is very important to keep an open mind and not discount any subjects. This means sustained effort in all subjects throughout the academic year.

In this school, at KS4, it will be compulsory to study:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Core Science
  • Additional Science
  • Religious Studies

In addition to this, students will be asked to select three more subjects from three Pathway Blocks that will be offered. The Pathway Blocks are subject to change but as an example, in 2018, the blocks were as follows:




Spanish French Triple Science
Geography History

Digital Information Technology

History Geography Film Studies
Statistics Drama Sport
Business and Enterprise Music Food Technology
Travel and Tourism Photography Graphic Design
Art and Design Media Studies Childcare
Health and Social Care Childcare Health and Social Care

A copy of the Pathway Blocks for 2018-19 can be downloaded here from February 2019.

The Pathways Process

The Pathways process for 2018-19 has already begun as we track the progress of all students at Key Stage 3 in order to provide clear guidance on appropriate Key Stage 4 routes. Your child should continue to reflect upon the subjects they wish to pursue at Key Stage 4 whilst keeping an open mind about all available pathways. We will begin the formal process with an Options Evening for parents and pupils on 7th February 2019. Pupils will subsequently be asked to complete an initial form to inform us of Pathway preferences so that we can assess the likely uptake of certain subjects. From this information, the Pathway Blocks will be finalised and pupils will make their final selections. Sometimes the process is repeated due to required curriculum changes. Finally, a letter will be sent out at the start of the summer term confirming your child’s choices.


Should you have any concerns at any stage of the process, please contact Mrs Murphy, SENCo –