Year 9 Options - Letter with Key Dates

January 2022

Dear Parents/Carers and Students

Year 9 Options Process

The time has come to consider which Key Stage 4 courses are most appropriate for your child as they move into Year 10. 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 9 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, an introductory video assembly that students will watch in school next week and most importantly, videos from all the Learning Leaders about each qualification.

The 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 cover Year 9, so that you can see how the work in Years 10 and 11 build on what you have studied this year, but feel free to fast forward to the sections about just Year 10 and 11 courses if you wish.

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

Our Year 9 students will have a video assembly about their Options on Monday during their Period 1 lesson, to begin the process. You and your child will have the opportunity to speak to current teachers in the upcoming Subject Evening on Thursday 10 and Thursday 17 February, before final Options are chosen in the two weeks following the Subject Evening. More details regarding the Subject Evening will be sent out shortly.

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.

Yours faithfully

Mr Pease
Deputy Headteacher