Information – Year 9 Choices ‘Dreams and Aspirations’

 January and February are important months for Year 9 students as they embark on their Options choices. Pupils have now all been given their 'Year 9 Choices - Dreams and Aspirations' booklet in PDE lessons. Any pupil who has still not received their booklet should either speak to their Personal Tutor or download a copy.

These Booklets provide essential information for pupils and parents as they embark on making the crucially important curriculum decisions that will govern the next two years of learning and beyond. The first stage of this joint process was the Year 9 Parents Evening on Tuesday 17 January where teachers outlined the progress students have made this year and discussed future opportunities in their subject.

The pupils have a special extended assembly during lessons 1 and 2 on Monday 23 January whereby the options process is explained clearly followed by presentations from teachers of subjects and courses that pupils can choose from, but have not studied before. Information about other subjects is presented during normal lesson time and is also outlined in the booklet.

The final information event is held on Tuesday 24 January at 6.30pm. Here, parents have the opportunity to learn about the options process and the opportunities available alongside their son or daughter as well as ask questions. The event is hosted by Mrs Ford, Assistant Headteacher responsible for the options process, but other members of the Senior Leadership Team, Learning Support, the Careers Advice team and other staff are on hand to help.

The final deadline for option forms is Wednesday 15 February. Forms must be fully completed and signed by the pupil, parent and Personal Tutor ensuring the name sticker is attached! The forms demand careful consideration as once Year 10 begins changes cannot be made.