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Year 9 Options

 

2 December 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

GCSE Options

This term we begin talking to Year 9 pupils about the subjects they are interested in studying at Key Stage 4 and which will be examined during Years 10 and 11.  Certain subjects such as English, Maths, Science, RE, PE and PSHE are compulsory, the rest are optional.   

Pupils are asked to make three options choices.  We believe that in order for pupils to give themselves the best possible chance in the future colleges and employers will want to see a broad and balanced selection of subjects.  With this in mind, we would recommend that all pupils choose at least one from Geography, History, French, Spanish and/or Computer Science.

The process of choosing GCSE options lasts about three months and will culminate in pupils making their choices by the end of the Spring Term 2022.  Next week I shall be speaking to Year 9 to outline the options process to them and to ask pupils to start thinking about their strengths and interests in the subjects on offer.  Pupils will undertake an initial-awareness raising task, a copy of which is included with this letter.  The feedback from this task will help to construct option blocks that best meet the needs of this year group.  I will be speaking to pupils again several times over the coming months and pupils will also be given more information on the Key Stage 4 offer and some individual counselling to help them to make the right choices.  The subjects being offered may change throughout the process depending upon their popularity, should a subject fail to attract enough students it may be removed from the offer.

An options booklet is published in the Spring Term and will be given to pupils to bring home.  The booklet will contain advice on how to choose, details of all the courses available and a form to complete once choices have been made.  This booklet will assist pupils and parents in their choosing as will the pupil’s Year 9 report which will be distributed on Thursday 3rd March.  There will be an opportunity for parents and pupils to discuss options with teaching staff at Options Evening which will take place on Wednesday 16th February.  More details on Options Evening will follow in the Spring Term.

Pupil’s final choices forms must be returned to the School Office by Monday 21st March, when all choices will be collated and teaching groups formed.

If you have any queries regarding the options process, please do not hesitate to contact me.

With kind regards,

  

Mrs Cheryl Schmidt

Assistant Headteacher

 

This is a copy of this year's booklet for your information - 

PDF icon  Year 9 Options Booklet 2022-24