Year 8 into 9 Options

Dear Parents/Carers and Students

Year 8 into 9 Options Process

We are nearly at the end of the academic year and what a strange year it has been. Well done to Year 8 on managing this year so well and making such good progress. As we transition back to a more normal timetable (without bubbles!) we are excited about the move away from being with the same group across the curriculum and into a more traditional curriculum where students move to different groups based on choice.

In the curriculum for Year 9 next year, we will be offering students more choice about the subjects they study.  We are calling these choices “soft” options.  Students will still be making further option choices when they move into Year 10.

This is an important time and we wish to ensure that you and your child are as informed as possible in order to consider which courses are most appropriate for your child as they move into Year 9.

To make the choices about the subjects in Year 9, we have created a virtual remote process and I would like to point you in the direction of our new Year 8 options page on Moodle. We have put together all the information that you and your child may want to know about the options process and the many courses we offer. Here you will find an introductory video from me and videos from all the subject leads about each course.

The videos aim to give you a taste of what each course entails in Year 9, including the way it is assessed and the topics that will be covered.  They will also explain the Year 10 and 11 qualifications that the Year 9 courses lead on to. It is important to pay attention to this so that the courses you may wish to study in Years 10 and 11 remain open to you.

Here is the link to the Options webpage:

Course: Options (

Our Year 8 students will have a virtual assembly about their Options on Friday, to begin the process. You and your child will have the opportunity to ask questions via this survey and there will be FAQs published on Thursday 17th June.

The Options form on Moodle opens on Friday 11th June. The Options form will close on Monday 21st June at 9am; all options choices should be submitted by this date.

We hope that you find the information useful. You are invited at the end of each subject video to contact the relevant member of staff directly if you have any specific questions about the qualification, or me if you have questions about the options process.

Yours faithfully

Mrs E Boussida
Assistant Headteacher

10 Jun 2021

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