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Year 9 Pathways






If you would like to discuss the pathways process please contact Mr J Reeve, Assistant Headteacher, Curriculum, Pathways and Assessment



Academic Year 2021 -2022 - Welcome to Year 9 Evening will be held on Tuesday 12th October 2021


Welcome to Year 9 Presentation

Year 9 Food Technology Recipe Booklet

Year 9 Curriculum


At Sale High school we see education as being about empowerment.  Our curriculum is designed to help our students achieve their undoubted potential by achieving success in a wide range of high quality qualifications which will open up a whole world of possibilities for them.

Looking ahead to year 10 is exciting because you are able to make choices to support you in the journey to your future learning and future career.

This school works closely with local FE colleges and sixth forms to make sure that the skills, knowledge and qualifications gained in the next stage of your education at SHS fully prepare you for the route you wish to take in the future. It is also incumbent upon us to deliver a curriculum which teaches the skills and knowledge and delivers the qualifications which the government has identified as being of greatest value. With this in mind all learners should be mindful that the EBacc has become a lot more important in recent years for the following reasons:


  • The government has confirmed that they expect ‘the large majority’ of pupils to study the Ebacc.
  • The government and Ofsted see the number of students studying for the Ebacc as a measure of a school’s ‘level of ambition’ for its pupils.
  • It is the government’s national ambition that 90% of students should study the Ebacc
  • Ofsted have made it clear that they expect to see the Ebacc ‘at the heart of an effective key stage 4 curriculum.’


In Years 10 and 11, you will study a combination of subjects. Some are compulsory but you also have some choice.

Whichever pathway you are on you can study the EBacc combination of subjects by choosing a modern foreign language and either history or geography.

Wherever possible we try to accommodate all students requests. However, due to restrictions in specialist teaching rooms and staffing, this is not always possible.  Also, if the number of students opting for subject is not sufficient to make it viable we regret that it will not run.

When deciding upon appropriate courses, students will be guided to making the most suitable choice of courses for them by teachers who know them well.

You will have the opportunity to speak to teaching staff and discuss the process at our Virtual Pathways event at 4:30-7:30pm on 14th January 2021.


Pathways Subject Presentation Videos for Year 9 Parents/Carers


Please click on the video links below to find out more information on our subject pathways:



Pathways vid

Welcome to Year 9 Pathways - An Introduction for Parents



 Art & Design

Art Pathways

   Computer Science

Computer Science                                                 

         Design & Technology

Design Technology



Drama Pathways

 Enterprise BTEC

Enterprise BTEC

 Food Prep & Nutrition

Food Prep Pathways



French Pathways



Geography Pathways

 Health & Social Care

Health Social Care Pathways


History Pathways


Music Pathways


PE Pathways



RE Pathways




Science Pathways

 Sports Studies

Sports Studies PAthways






Guide to the pathways process 2018

Subject Options at KS4