Students in Year 8 are beginning the exciting process of choosing their ‘option’ subjects. The process this year will look different to normal as we are still in ‘Lockdown’ but we want to reassure you that we will help and guide you carefully through this process. 

Thank you to those who joined us for our live Options event on Thursday 25th February.
If you were unable to join us live then you can catch up via our YouTube video.
To watch on YouTube, please click this link or use the player below.

We have written an ‘Options Booklet’, which explains what you will study as part of your ‘core’ curriculum and what subjects you can choose to study as your ‘options’.  

Click the image to view this as a full screen document. You can download a copy of the Options Booklet by clicking here.

Letter to All Students Year 8 Options
Letter to All Parents Year 8 Options

If you have questions

For any subject specific enquiries, please contact the relevant head of subject below:

Head of Computer Science (including iMedia) – Mr Matthew Hayden

Head of EnglishMrs Caroline Sherwood

Head of GeographyMr John Miller

Head of HistoryMr Carl Hutchings

Head of MathsMr Andrew Barratt

Head of Modern Foreign LanguagesMs Kelda Richards

Head of PEMr Alex Goldman

Head of Performing Arts (Dance / Drama / Music) – Mrs Jo Vallance

Head of Religious EducationMiss Abbie Roberts

Head of ScienceMr Garin Spiess

Head of Technology (Design and Technology / Hospitality and Catering) – Mr Ed Donaldson

Head of Visual Arts (Art / Photography) – Ms Isabel Sastre

While this is a very exciting time for the year group, it can also be difficult and a little overwhelming to make decisions now that will have an impact on what you are going to study when you leave Isca Academy. To help support you in the choices you will make, a member of staff will call you to discuss which options you are thinking of choosing and why.  This is to ensure that the subjects you pick, will allow you to follow your chosen career pathway in whatever field that might be. 

If you would like any specific careers information, advice or guidance, please contact Mrs Sue Fielder, Assistant Headteacher, .  Also, click on this link for additional guidance:

For any enquiries about the options’ process, including the new courses we will be offering, please contact Miss Anna Mills, Senior Deputy Headteacher,

Finally, please complete the Year 8 Options Form with your child by Friday the 12th March.  Please note that once students have been allocated and notified of their option choices (this will take place before the Easter holiday), they will not be able to change their option choice.

Your teachers have also made a series of short films, in which they tell you all about the different courses you can pick. Please take the time to have a look.