Dear Parent/Carer


At the beginning of the Spring Term (January 8th – 19th 2018) we will be holding exams for Year 9 students in many subjects.  These exams will be used alongside other forms of assessment to help teachers judge the progress that has been made during the year so far, while the exam results are one of the factors which may help students to decide which GCSE subjects they will opt for later in the term.  The exams will also give students another experience of taking exams in a number of different subjects during a concentrated period of time. It is important that they become familiar with this type of schedule as it is something they will face more often as they move up the school.

The exams will take place during timetabled lessons in the subject classrooms. Teachers will ensure that students are aware of exactly when and where the exams for their subjects will take place.  A timetable is attached which shows the intended exam times for each section of the year group.

Further information about these exams can be found on the school website and students can access revision materials for most subjects in the ‘Student Resources’ area. There is also information on the website about suggested revision techniques and how best to prepare for exams. If you have any questions about the exams for a particular subject, please contact your child’s teacher. 

We recommend that students spend some time on revising each day over the next few weeks. One or two twenty minute sessions each day for a few weeks is usually more effective than a more prolonged period of revision just before the exam. We would be grateful if you could encourage your son or daughter to spend some time at home on revision between now and the exam period.

Year 9 Options
As you will know, your son or daughter will again have some important decisions to make this year about the subjects they will study for the remainder of their time at Brookfield.  We have planned a number of events for next term to ensure that both students and their parents/carers receive all the advice, information and guidance they need to make the best choices.

Monday 8 January – Friday 19 January – Year 9 Exams
As mentioned above, your child will take an exam in many of her/his subjects. The results of these exams will provide a useful guide to progress and may help to determine which subjects it would be best to study in Years 10 and 11.

Monday 22 January – Options Information Evening
This will take the form of a briefing for parents and carers of Year 9 students. We will explain the curriculum structure for Years 10 and 11 and the choices which students may make within that. The meeting will take place in the Main Hall. There will be no need for students to attend as they will receive a similar briefing in school time.

In order to accommodate everyone, we will hold the meeting in 2 sessions:

6.00 pm – 7.00 pm for parents/carers of students in Ainslie (Orange), Ennis (Red) and Farah (Blue) Houses.

7.30 pm – 8.30 pm for parents/carers of students in Hoy (Green), Murray (Turquoise), Simmonds (Yellow) and Wiggins (Purple) Houses.

We will also be publishing further information about the Year 10 and 11 curriculum and option forms at this time.

Thursday 1 February – 3.30pm – 7.30pm – Subject Evening
This is an opportunity to talk with your child’s subject teachers about progress. After Christmas, you will receive further information about this event and how to book appointments with your child’s teachers.

Thursday 8 February -   6.00pm – 8.00pm Options Evening
This will provide an opportunity for you to find out more about the content of each course which is available in Years 10 and 11.  You and your child will be able to talk to the members of staff who teach the various subjects and look at displays of the work that will be involved.

At 6.00pm in the Main Hall there will be a short briefing and welcome for the parents of students in Hoy, Murray, Simmonds and Wiggins Houses.

At 6.20pm in the Main Hall there will be a short briefing and welcome for the parents of students in Ainslie, Ennis and Farah Houses. 

Subject displays and members of staff will be available in E and K blocks between 6.00 pm and 8.00 pm.

There will also be an opportunity for you to book appointments with any subject teachers you were unable to meet at the subject evening the previous week.

Friday 2 March – Deadline for submission of option choices

It helps a great deal if all option choices are submitted by the deadline.  If subjects are over-subscribed, we will give preference to those students who have submitted their choices on time.

We will confirm option choices during May and students will begin to study their new courses, following their Year 10 curriculum, after the summer half-term holiday.

Yours sincerely


Mr A. Ledward
Deputy Headteacher