Year 8 Options - Parents/Carers Letter with Key Dates

Dear Parents/Carers and Students

Year 8 Options Process

The time has come to consider which courses are most appropriate for your child as they move into Year 9. This is an important time, and we wish to ensure that you and your child are as informed as possible.

This year we have moved to a remote process, and I would like to point you in the direction of our new Year 8 Options webpage. We have put together all the information that you and your child may want to know about the Options process and the many qualifications we offer. On the webpage you will find the Options Booklet, a one-page summary of the Options process, a video presentation about the Options process and most importantly, videos from all the Learning Leaders about each course in Year 9.

These videos aim to give you a taste of what each course entails, including the way it is assessed, the topics that will be covered, as well as examples of student work and answers to frequently asked questions. Many of the videos also explain the Year 10 and 11 qualifications that the Year 9 courses lead into. This may help you to plan so that you can gain entry onto the qualifications you want to take in Years 10 and 11, when you do your final Options selection next year.

Here is the link to the webpage where everything can be found:

Our Year 8 students will have an assembly about their Options just after half term to begin the process. You and your child will have the opportunity to speak to teachers in the upcoming Subject Evenings on Thursday 17 and Thursday 24 March. The Options form will open on Edulink on Friday 25 March and close one-week later on Friday 1 April. More details regarding the Subject Evenings will be sent out nearer the time.

We hope that you find the information useful. You are invited at the end of each subject video to contact the Learning Leader directly if you have any specific questions about the qualification, or me if you have questions about the Options process in general. Students can always talk to their teachers in lessons too if they have any questions.

Yours faithfully

Mr Pease
Deputy Headteacher