Year 8 to Year 9 Options - Introduction

Dear Parent/Carer

It is our aim that each student enjoys learning, makes good progress and achieves success.  Selecting the most appropriate learning pathway for your son/daughter to follow is therefore very important and we hope that the information that we have provided in this booklet and during the Information Evenings will help inform your child’s choices.

Much thought has been given to designing a curriculum which we believe will help us to meet the individual needs of our students.  We have planned for a breadth of opportunity and specialist routes balanced with a well-established programme of skills.  This enables us to embed the key competencies developed through the core subjects while optimising opportunities available to students post 16.

Before deciding their subject choices we ask students to give time and thought to the following:

  • What subjects engage, excite and challenge me as a learner?
  • Where will I make good progress and achieve success?
  • What are my preferred learning styles?
  • Do I work well in practical lessons, or in a more formal classroom setting?
  • What are my long-term goals and aspirations?
  • Will the subjects that I have chosen prepare me for college and/or work?
  • Do I have a range of subjects so that I have choice when I leave school?

Opening the conversation with your child is a useful part of the options process and encourages him/her to understand that what he/she does now are the stepping-stones to their futures.

Yours sincerely

Mrs M Allan
Headteacher