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Options 2021-24

GCSE/BTEC Options Information for Year 8 students' parents/carers.

Please note the following key dates for your diary:

Thursday 28 January (rearranged)– Parents’ Consultation Evening - this is a great opportunity to discuss Options.


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Wednesday 27 January - Year 8 Options Information Evening

Below you will find the revised Options timeline.  Please be aware that we may need to be flexible with these dates.

W/C Monday 11 January - the Options process will be introduced to Year 8 students through a year group virtual assembly this will be delivered by key staff.  The Option & Course Information Booklet with details of all courses will be placed on the website by Wednesday 13 January.  Please let the school office know should you wish to receive a hard copy. 

Monday 11 to Friday 22 January 2021 - during this time all subject areas will provide information on the KS4 courses that they offer.  This will be done in their usual lessons.  Students will have the opportunity to speak with their Academic Form Tutors and Subject Teachers regarding the possible courses they may wish to study.

Mr Griffiths and some BTEC leaders will present information on BTEC courses on Thursday 21 January via an assembly during form time.  These subjects are Construction, Media Studies, Business Studies, Computer Science and Sport.

Thursday 28 January 2021 - Year 8 Options Information Evening.  More information will follow regarding this event.  This is an opportunity for parents/carers and students to discover more about the subjects available.

W/C Monday 1 February 2021 - a ‘straw poll’ will be taken where students will be asked to indicate their preferred Option choices for KS4.  The data collected will be used to formulate the Option blocks from which students will make their final choices.  This will be conducted using a Microsoft form sent to all Year 8 students. Please note this form will look different to the example shown in the Options booklet

Friday 5 February 2021 - this is the final date for all straw poll forms to be returned electronically.

W/C Monday 22 February 2021 - following the straw poll, the final Option blocks will be issued to students electronically.

Friday 26 February 2021 - this is the final date for all Option forms to be returned electronically (if students are back in school, the forms may be returned to Academic Form Tutors).

W/C Monday 8 March 2021 - Mrs Forssling will conduct interviews with all students who have not been successful with their allocation of Option choices.

Monday 22 March 2021 - Option confirmation to students and parents will be made via a letter.

Please be assured that we will do everything we can to ensure that the Options process runs as smoothly and efficiently as it has in past years.