Options for KS4

Year 9 marks the end of Key Stage 3 and students now take the next significant step in their education, making their choices for their Key Stage 4 courses, which will form the basis of their career pathway Post-16.

The decisions made now are very important. At the end of two years hard work we want to ensure that our students have achieved the qualifications they need and deserve, to go onto college.

We have high expectations of all our students here at Carrington School. We want them to do well and we will support them in this process now and throughout Year 10 and 11. Students receive first class advice from our Deputy Head Mrs Basso, from Mrs Pearce our Careers Lead and from the Tutor Team.

As parents and carers you can support by talking through their decisions and helping them to make sensible choices. Good grades in a range of subjects will open doors for our young people, so it is imperative that they maintain a broad curriculum through Key Stage 4. They should choose subjects they enjoy and are good at; this way they will be sure to reach their goals and target grades.

Timeline for 2024 Options Choices

Options Videos shown during Personal Development lessons. Also available to view again through the electronic Options Brochure


Options Brochures sent out in both hard copy and electronically

20 March

Key Stage 4 Pathways Evening, 5:30pm at school

Purple Pathway students – 5:30pm, Sports Hall for Careers Fair followed by 6:15pm for presentation in Main Hall

Orange and Yellow Pathway students – 5:30pm, Main Hall for presentation followed by 6:15pm, Sports Hall for Careers Fair

21 March

Register for Football Academy via form emailed home

11-21 March

Dorking & Carrington Talent ID

End of March

Mrs Pearce available for guidance interviews

Through the half term

Make your choices

22 March

Options Deadline

15 April


Interactive 2024 Options Brochure 

Downloadable 2024 Options Brochure  

Options 2024 Playlist on YouTube 


For further information about the Options Process which takes place in January and February each year, please contact our Deputy Headteacher (Curriculum), Mrs Basso, mbasso@carringtonschool.org.