Key Stage 4 Options for Year 9 Students

Dear Parent/Guardian,

So far in your child’s schooling; study has largely been determined by the National Curriculum with little choice regarding subjects studied. As we prepare now for Key Stage 4, there are still some aspects of the curriculum which are pre-determined. This in many ways is positive as it guarantees a degree of continuity and balance equipping students with some all-important key skills. Even so, there are still some genuine choices to be made. During this year important decisions will be made regarding your daughter/son’s choice of subjects for next year

A structured programme of guidance is in place to assist students with their option choices and we would encourage parents to be actively involved.

Year 9 will be issued with their reports on Friday February 8th. Please discuss your child’s progress with them as well as their interest in pursuing the subject to a higher level.

An Options Guidance Evening will be held on Tuesday 19th February 2013 from 6.30 – 7.30pm which will include option talks and guidance giving additional help and advice as required. You will be issued with the Options Booklet and senior members of staff will be available to talk to you if required during the evening.

This will be followed by the Year 9 Parents’ Consultation Evening on Thursday 21st February 2013 at which subject teachers and the KS3 and KS4 School teams will be available to discuss academic progress, option choices and other related matters.

During the week beginning Monday 25th February 2013 there will be an opportunity for you to book individual appointments with either the Headteacher, Deputy Headteachers, or Directors of Key Stages 3 and 4 if necessary to help to advise you and your child.

At this point we anticipate that students will be at the point of being able to make informed choices as they will also have had Careers Education and Guidance through their P.S.E. lessons from the 30th January 2013 to 27th February 2013.

Please discuss options freely with your daughter or son and encourage them to find out as much as possible. As a parent you will have the chance to ask any questions you may have during the Options Evening.

To enable the school to begin to plan ahead, however, students have completed a ‘dry run’ option choice. We must emphasise that dry run choices are in no way binding and serve only to prepare students for the real process and to assist us with timetable planning.

If, after the Options Evening and Parents’ Consultation Evening, students need further advice, they are welcome to approach members of the Key Stage 3 and 4 School Teams.

The final day for options forms to be handed in will be Friday 1st March 2013.

We look forward to seeing you at the Options Guidance Evening.

Kind regards

Nicola Thomas                                                                        Alun Dawkins
Director of Achievement                                            Director of Achievement
and Guidance Key Stage 3                                          and Guidance Key Stage 4