Year 9 Options

Dear Parent/Carer

Re:  Year 9 Options

Year 9 is the final stage of Key Stage 3 before your child starts their GCSE and equivalent courses in September 2021.  The process of deciding on GCSE options takes place this module, and is a crucial moment in their secondary education journey.  This letter introduces you to that process, and gives you a timeline of events leading up to the point where their choices are made, and options form submitted.

This is, of course, a very different GCSE options process to the one we originally had planned due to the ongoing national lockdown and the restrictions that are in place across the country.  Therefore, the options event will be done online via a website which will go live at 6pm on Wednesday 3rd February.  A link to the site will be emailed to you on the day, taking you straight to the relevant information page.

The timeline of the GCSE option process is as follows

  • Wednesday 3rd February: GCSE options website goes live at 6.00pm.
  • Thursday 4th February – Tuesday 9th February: Tutor time support for students discussing subject choices.
  • Wednesday 10th February: Year 9 Parent-Teacher day (a separate letter with further details will follow).
  • Friday 12th February: Deadline to submit GCSE options form.

The website dedicated to supporting and guiding you through the subject choice process will contain the following information to help your child make their decision:

  • A booklet containing an overview of every subject, including the core subjects your child will follow all through Key Stage 4.
  • Video clips from subject leaders giving further explanation of the knowledge and skills content, assessment and potential career pathways their subject can lead to.
  • The Google Form you need to complete containing your child’s option choices.

We look forward to supporting you through this very important time for you and your child, and the Year 9 leadership, along with your child’s tutor will be available to answer your questions at any time through the GCSE option process.

Yours faithfully

Mr K Brewer

Head of College

Leading on Year 11 and Curriculum Leader