Making My Options

Parent Guide to Year 8 Options - How to use SIMS Options Online

Step 1: Invitation to Register

You will receive an email that looks like this:

This will be sent to the priority 1 and 2 contact for each child.


Please make sure the school has your up-to-date email. If you do not have email please contact the school.


Click on Accept Invitation

Step 2: Set up Your Account

The first screen will confirm your personal details (name and invite code should fill automatically), click on Register.

The second screen will ask for your child’s date of birth for security purposes.

Step 3: Signing in

Once you’ve registered you can sign in using the link in the useful links section or by typing in your web browser www.sims-options.co.uk


If you experience any difficulties in registering for SIMS Options please contact the school by email office@cityacademynorwich.org or message through School Gateway or telephone 01603 452628

Step 4: Making Options Choices

You have two sections to make choices from, Humanities and Other Option Subjects:

1. Humanities – choose between Geography or History

Selected choice will be highlighted in blue and appear in the list of priority choices on the right-hand side.

2. Other Option Subjects – choose two subjects and one reserve

Click on the name of the subjects you wish to choose, do not click on the reserve button yet. Selected choice will be highlighted in blue and appear in the list of my choices on the right-hand side. You need to select two subjects here.

Step 5: Changing the order of Preference



Geography or History will always appear as your priority choice.









To change the order of your other two subject choices, click on the option you wish to move, click the green box to select a new position. It is useful to have your subjects in preference order, in case we need to use your reserve choice.

Step 6: Making your Reserve Choices

Once you have made your three subject choices, you need to select one reserve choice. To do this, click on the ‘Reserve’ button beside the subject you wish to choose. Reserve choices are orange and appear under ‘My Reserves’

Step 7: Save your Choices

Once selections are complete, make sure you press the ‘save’ button at the top left of the screen otherwise option choices will be lost when you close the browser.

Step 8: Logging Back in to Make Changes

Options must be completed by the end of Friday 26th March. You will be able to make changes to your choices up to and including this date. You do not need to register again, you can simply sign in using your web browser at: www.sims-options.co.uk


If you experience any difficulties in any aspect of choosing Options Online please contact the school by email office@cityacademynorwich.org or message through School Gateway or telephone 01603 452628