Year 9 Options
Your Year 9 child now has the opportunity to consider the courses which are available to them to study throughout years 10 and 11, (some will begin in year 9). This means that your child’s curriculum will be more personalised, and they will have some choice in determining the subjects that they study. These choices should provide a broad and balanced curriculum that will enable them to progress to the next stage of education, training or employment.
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Timeline for Options
The list below states when all options related to activities will take place:
WB. 22nd January 2024
Options Assembly (in school)
Options Materials available online
Wednesday 7th February 2024
Careers and Employability Afternoon
30 minutes during school time and open from 4pm-5.30pm for parents/carers and students.
Options Subject drop-in Evening- 4.30-6.30pm
Thursday 8th February 2024
Options form available online to submit
Monday 26th February 2024
Options form submission deadline
Options follow-up conversations with students/parents/carers
Monday 15th April 2024
Students begin humanities/technology options
Students begin other options
1. Look at all the Options materials available online. Make sure you understand how the Options form will work and how many subject preferences you can make.
2. Attend the Options Assembly and submit questions via Google form to teachers.
3. Plan who you want to speak to and what you are going to ask on Wednesday 7th February at the Careers and Employability afternoon and Options Subject drop-in Evening, and attend these events.
4. Access the Options Google form sent via student email accounts from Thursday 8th February.
5. Submit the Options Google form by Friday 1st March.
How do I choose options?
All students will have an assembly, where the options process will be introduced and explained to them.
The school will be holding an Options evening for students and parents/carers, which will be on Wednesday 7th February between 4.30 and 6.30, with access to an additional Careers Event between 4pm and 5.30pm.
During this, students and parents/carers will have the opportunity to attend a presentation about the options process, as well as finding out more about the courses from the subject teams who teach them, so that students are empowered to make the most appropriate choices for them.
Submitting options choices
Student choices should be submitted using the Google Form via the link sent to their school email account and on the Options website on Thursday 8th February. Options choices must be received no later than Friday 1st March.
Any student who has not chosen their options by this deadline will be supported to make their choices in school, but may have to pick from a reduced selection, as priority will be given to students who have submitted their choices by the deadline.
What happens after 1st March?
Once all course choices have been made, they will be collated, analysed and students will be assigned to groups. Options choices should be finalised in the weeks between the deadline and the April holiday. Students and parents/carers will be informed via email of the choices which have been allocated to students.
Who can I ask for help?
Assistant Principal (Mrs Kinroy)
Heads of department
Yourself-give yourself some thinking time