Dear Parent(s) / Carer(s)
Year 9 Options and Exams 2018
This week we officially started the Key Stage 4 Options process with our Year 9 students with the release of the initial ‘straw poll’ forms. This information is important for the early planning stages of next year’s curriculum and students have had an assembly explaining how to complete the forms. Please can all straw poll forms be returned to tutors on Tuesday 20 March.
Students have been preparing for their forthcoming Year 9 exams with their subject teachers. These will take place during the week commencing 19 March. The majority of the exams will be 45 minutes long and will take place in the exam hall. The results of these assessments will be released to students on 18 April. This information, along with the full written teacher reports released on 23 April, will be useful for making informed decisions during the options process. A copy of the exam week timetable is below:
You are warmly invited to attend the Key Stage 4 Options Evening on Thursday 26 April at 6.00pm. Parents and students will have the opportunity to discuss GCSE/BTEC Option courses in detail with subject teachers. We strongly recommend that all students attend this event with their parent(s)/carer(s). We will also publish a booklet outlining the curriculum structure in Key Stage 4 which gives advice on how to make the right choices and outlines the content of each course.
Following the Options Evening, the final options form will be released to students on the morning of Friday 27 April.
The final deadline for handing in completed Options forms will be two weeks later on Thursday 10 May.
It is anticipated that students’ options choices will be confirmed shortly after May half term.
Prior to the deadline for the Options Form, there will be a further opportunity to meet staff at the Year 9 Parents’ Evening on Tuesday 8 May from 4.00pm to 6.30pm. A letter detailing how to book appointments through the online system will be forwarded to you 2 weeks prior to Parents’ Evening.
If you have any questions or queries about the process, please do not hesitate to contact me via email, email@example.com. I will also be available throughout the Options Evening.