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Preferences 2024-2026 (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 9th February 2024.


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


 Computer Science 


Creative Media Production BTEC



Performing Arts BTEC



Health and Social Care BTEC



Food and Cookery NCFE


French/Spanish GCSE




Geography GCSE



History GCSE


Music Practice BTEC 


Photography GCSE



Physical Education GCSE & Sport Tech Award BTEC 


Politics and Citizenship GCSE


 Religious Studies GCSE 


Sociology GCSE 

//www.youtube.com/embed/bzMB2LGTu1I#t=0.5 Spanish GCSE

Travel and Tourism BTEC


 Core Subjects 

English - click here to watch the video

Maths - click here to watch the video

Science - click here to watch the video

PSE - click here to watch the video

Religious Studies - click here to watch the video

Preferences Timeline 2024-26



8th November 2023

Academic Tutor Day - Information

14th November 2023

Parent letter with timeline to be shared

Week 13th November 2023

Assemblies all week to introduce Preferences

6th December 2023

Taster Days to be experienced during Futures Day

Students to choose 5 preferred subjects as a Straw Poll 

19th December 2023

Year 9 Preference Booklet & Videos Shared

with parents

25th January 2024

Year 9 Parents’ Evening

Jan & Feb 2024

Students complete online preference choices in
Computer Science lessons

9th February 2024

GCSE Preferences Deadline

w/c 4th & 11th March 2024

One-to-One SLT Appointments

March 2024

Courses timetabled 

Week 15 April 2024

Parents & students notified of Preference allocation