Ignite is perfect for students who’re not sure what to specialise in at GCSE, giving you the broadest possible range of options. This year-long programme, which takes place during Year 9, introduces you to some of the pathways that you’ll be able to choose from in Year 10. 

Our Ignite programme unites us with the UTC (our neighbours who specialise in science and healthcare) in order to bring together a broad range of creative, digital and technical skills. Our principal Jill Davies unites the two schools, bringing a new recognition of how these sectors are becoming ever-more interwoven – for instance with the gamification of healthcare, and big data. 

You’ll get the opportunity to study in both our state-of-the-art creative and digital home, and combine it with the cutting-edge science and healthcare curriculum of the UTC. 

Our seven specialist pathways include:

  • health
  • humanities
  • creative
  • enterprise and management
  • social sciences
  • tech


Our Ignite students can choose three of these pathways to study, alongside your core Year 9 curriculum, gaining insight and expertise into these subjects and fully preparing you for your GCSE curriculum.

If you’re in Year 8 now and are aiming high in your GCSEs, then this programme is for you. Make the most of Year 9 and use it to get ahead by focusing on key skills and building strong foundations in your core subjects, which will help you to succeed in Year 10 and beyond. 

More information about our Ignite pathways and the best route for you can be found in our Ignite booklet.