Year 8 Options - Parents/Carers Letter with Key Dates

Dear Parents/Carers and Students

Year 8 Options Process

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

This year we have had to move to an entirely remote process and I would like to point you in the direction of our new Year 8 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 courses we offer. Here you will find the Options Booklet, a one-page summary of the Options process, along with an introductory video from me and videos from all the Learning Leaders about each course.

The videos aim to give you a taste of what each course entails in Year 9, 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.  They will also explain the Year 10 and 11 qualifications that the Year 9 courses lead on to. It is important to pay attention to this so that the courses you may wish to study in Years 10 and 11 remain open to you.

Here is the link to the Options webpage:

Our Year 8 students will have a virtual assembly about their Options this week, to begin the process. You and your child will have the opportunity to speak to their current teachers in the upcoming virtual Subject Evening on Thursday 25 March, before the Options form on Edulink opens on Friday 26 March. The Options form will close on Thursday 1 April; all Options choices should be submitted by this date. 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.

Yours faithfully

Mr P Pease
Deputy Headteacher