January 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Year 9 Options Process

The time has come to consider which Key Stage 4 courses are most appropriate for you child as they move into Year 10.  This is an important time and we wish to ensure that you and your child are as informed as possible.

The Options booklet provides information and advice about the process of making option choices.  It can 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 programme of events to keep you fully informed.

Thursday, 30 January 3.15pm – 6.15pm - Academic Tutorials and Options Information

This is an opportunity to talk to your child’s tutor about their progress at school, and to discuss the upcoming options process. Tutors will explain the curriculum structure for Years 10 and 11 and will make clear the range of choices which students have. You’ll receive booking information for academic tutorials soon.

On the same evening there will be a short presentation in the Main Hall to provide key information and guidance about the options process.  We will run the same presentation multiple times so that you can attend at a time that is convenient for you, before or after your academic tutorial.

The presentation will be in the Main Hall at 4.00pm, 4.30pm, 5.00pm, 5.30pm, and 6.00pm and will last for approximately 15 minutes.

Thursday, 13 February 3.30pm – 7.30pm – Year 9 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 nearer the time.

Thursday, 27 February 6.00pm – 7.30pm Year 9 Options Evening

This will provide an opportunity for you to find out more about the content of each course. 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.  Subject displays and members of staff will be available in E and K blocks between 6.00pm and 7.30pm and we will write to you with 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