Year 8 Options - Parents/Carers Letter with Key Dates

January 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Year 8 Options Process

The time has come to begin to consider which courses are most appropriate for you 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.

The Options booklet for Year 8 provides information and advice about the process of making option choices.  It can now be viewed on the website here:

In addition to the options booklet students will receive information in an Options assembly towards the end of January, and we have arranged the following program of events to keep you fully informed.

Thursday, 30 January 3.15pm – 6.15pm - Academic Tutorials

This is an opportunity to talk to your child’s tutor about their progress at school, and to discuss the upcoming options process which will begin in earnest next half term.  Tutors will be able to help clarify anything from the Options booklet linked above, and answer questions about the curriculum for Year 9.  Booking information for the academic tutorials will follow over the next few days.

Thursday, 12 March 3.30pm – 7.30pm – Subject Evening

This is an opportunity to talk with your child’s subject teachers about progress in each subject. You will receive further information about this event and how to book appointments with your child’s teachers in February.

Thursday, 19 March 6.00pm – 7.30pm Options Evening

This will provide an opportunity for you to find out more about the content of each course offered in Year 9. You and your child will be able to talk to the staff who teach the various subjects and look at displays about the work that will be involved. There will also be an opportunity to attend a short presentation in the Main Hall which will summarise the key information about the options process and provide an opportunity to ask questions.  We will provide more details nearer the time. 

We look forward to welcoming you over the next few months as we work together to help your child make the best choices for their future study.

Yours sincerely


Mr P Pease
Deputy Headteacher