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Year 9 Options 2021

Year 9, find out about which GCSEs to study

This is a vital time for our Year 9 pupils as they will soon be making their GCSE options choices ahead of ‘moving up’ to Year 10 in June 2021.

On Tuesday 19 January (was originally Wednesday 20 January), Year 9s will be having a year group assembly in MS Teams during tutor time, led by Deputy Headteacher Mrs Lang, to introduce the process of choosing GCSEs. On Thursday 21 January we are holding a Virtual Key Stage 4 Curriculum Evening in MS Teams for Year 9s and their parents to go through the  ‘Choices at 14’ process. The information we cover should answer any questions you may have.

The Year 9 Next Step Target Reports were posted to parents on Friday 15 January. Pupils and their parents will be able to talk directly to their subject teachers at our virtual Year 9 Parents’ Evening on Thursday 28 January (see Letters). You might decide to wait until after the Parents' Evening before selecting options.

Parents and pupils are encouraged to take time to discuss and research the options available. There is no first come, first served basis so there is no need to rush to submit option choices. We advise pupils to find out all they can about the subjects they are interested in and be sure about what they want to study in Key Stage 4. Make informed decisions.

The final deadline for stating subject preferences – online, through MS Teams - is before half term on Tuesday 9 February 2021.

The timeline is as follows:

  • Friday 15 January 2021
    Next Step Target Report issued
  • Tuesday 19 January
    Choices at 14 Assembly (MS Teams) for pupils in Tutor Time
  • Thursday 21 January
    Key Stage 4 Curriculum Evening (MS Teams) for parents and pupils at 6pm
  • Thursday 28 January
    Virtual Year 9 Parents’ Evening and Choices
  • Thursday 28 January
    Options Form available (MS Teams)
  • Tuesday 9 February
    Deadline for submission of Choices Options Form
  • April/May - Confirmation of options
  • Tuesday 8 June - Start of Year 10

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We invite you to our Virtual Year 9 Key Stage 4 Curriculum Evening at 6.00pm on Thursday 21 January 2021.


>>  Click here to join our Virtual Year 9 Key Stage 4 Curriculum Evening on Thursday 21 January. The event starts at 6pm.

You do not have to have downloaded the MS Teams App to access this event or sign in – you can simply opt to ‘watch on the web instead’ and ‘join anonymously’.  For any parents unable to attend ‘live’, we aim to record the event and make it available.