Welcome to our options page for year 9
Choosing options is an exciting time for pupils We hope that the resources on this page will give pupils and parents/carers a good overview of the process and all the information needed to make well-informed choices.
A step-by-step guide has been sent out parents/carers directly. This contains many of the same details and links set out below.
Introductory presentation for pupils
A copy of the slides used by Mr Painton and Mrs Sismey in the introductory presentations for pupils is here. The presentation gave pupils an overview of the options process along with some advice on making good choices. Pupils also had the opportunity to ask any initial questions they may have.
Introduction for parents / carers
You can watch an introduction video for parents/carers below or via this link. This will give you an overview of the options process. It is primarily aimed at parents / carers but pupils may also find it helpful to watch.
The latest year 9 options booklet can be downloaded here. Please do read this document as it contains lots of important information on the key stage 4 curriculum and the options process. It also includes a summary of all the courses on offer – what pupils are taught, how they are assessed, the enrichment opportunities available and information on further study and careers.
On Tuesday 1st February, pupils in year 9 will take part in a bright day focused on their future study and career options. Many of the resources for the day will be accessed via Unifrog so it is important that pupils can log in to this platform (see below). Full information will be sent out to parents/carers in due course and uploaded here when available.
Videos on the core subjects
You can watch videos about the core subjects (English, Maths and Science) using the links below which will be live just before the options evening. These are subjects all pupils will study and the information in the videos supports the details in the options booklet, dealing with a number of the most frequently asked questions.
Virtual options evening – for subject-based presentations and questions
On the evening of Wednesday 2nd February, parents/carers and pupils are able to join online webinars via Microsoft Teams. The links to each subject were included in the guide sent out directly to parents/carers. These webinars will include a short presentation on the subject and then parents/carers will be able to ask questions using the chat feature. Presentations will begin at the following times in each subject:
Unifrog is a progression and careers platform that we use extensively across the school – right from year 7 through to the Sixth Form. Pupils will use it on the bright day. Parents are also able to access resources on Unifrog.
Options Surgery – for final advice and guidance
There will be an onsite options surgery on Monday 21st February. If you have specific questions about the process that haven’t yet been answered or your child is really struggling with making a decision, you will be able to book a slot at this event here when bookings open at 9am on 9th February. Spaces are limited and it will help us to help you if we know the reasons for each appointment in advance. We are asking parents/carers to email firstname.lastname@example.org after booking a place to let us know the details of their query. For pupils who require a more personalised pathway, parents/carers will be contacted and a one-to-one slot will be arranged with a member of our Learning Support or Pastoral team on Monday 21st February.
The options form
Options forms are accessed and submitted via EduLink One. There is more information in the options booklet and in the videos above. The form will be available from 2nd February (after the virtual options evening). It should be submitted by Monday 28th February.