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Preferences 2023-2025 (for students currently in Year 9)

We are at a really important phase in education for students in Year 9. Over the next few weeks they will be making their Preference choices(see timeline below). 

We, at The Bay, are totally committed to our students’ success and high achievement in their GCSEs and BTECs so that they have as much choice as possible for Post 16. We will support and guide students through this phase, in order for them to get what is best for them individually. Students will receive guidance from their tutor, in PSHE, through our assembly programme, from our Careers Advisors, from their subject teachers, Year Managers and later on an interview with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. 

From November until February, students in Year 9 will have many experiences in supporting their future choices. This will culminate in the Preferences deadline on Friday 10th February 2023.


Click here to read the letter to parents about the Preferences Process  Click here to read the Preferences Booklet 

 Videos about the subjects 

Art, Craft and Design GCSE



Child Development BTEC



Design and Technology GCSE



Drama GCSE / Performing Arts BTEC



Health and Social Care BTEC 



Food and Cookery NCFE



French/Spanish GCSE



Geography GCSE



History GCSE



Creative Media BTEC



Music Practice BTEC (Video coming soon)


Photography GCSE



Physical Education GCSE & Sport Tech Award BTEC 



Politics and Citizenship GCSE



Religious Studies GCSE 




Sociology GCSE 



Travel and Tourism BTEC



Preferences Timeline 2023-25



23rd November 2022

Assembly to introduce Preferences

23rd November 2022

Parent letter with timeline and Parents’ Evening information to be shared

30th November 2022

Students to choose in Tutor time 5 choices as a straw poll

10th January 2023

Year 9 Parents’ Evening

4th January 2023

Preference booklet to be shared with students and parents

w/c 9th January 2023

Mrs Bowden to release Overview assembly

9th January 2023

‘Online Assembly Week’

Monday - Mrs Bowden overview

Tuesday - Performing Arts Faculty

Wednesday - Technology & Art Faculty

Thursday - Humanities & Travel & Tourism

Friday - Next steps assembly

23rd January 2023

Information shared with parents and ‘How To’ guide for Preferences choosing- online version

Feb 2023

Students complete online preference choices in Computer Science lessons

Information on How to choose your preferences

10th February 2023

GCSE Preferences Deadline

w/c 28th February 2023

One-to-One SLT Appointments

March 2023

Courses timetabled

4th April 2023

Feedback from parents and Preferences shared with students