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Year 9 Options Process 2019

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Year 9 Options Process

Dear Year 9 Parent/Carer,

Plans are well advanced with regards to the process by which students decide which subjects they will be continuing to study when they move into Year 10 in September 2019.

Throughout years 7 to 9 the curriculum at Oriel offers all students a broad and balanced diet of a wide range of subjects and areas of study but also a range of learning styles. The content that students study and the skills that they develop form the foundations of the GCSE and BTEC specifications for the qualifications that students will be awarded at the end of Year 11.

The Year 9 options process allows students the chance to choose which courses they will continue with to form their Year 10 and 11 curriculum and timetable.

Through this process we aim to personalise and support learning for all students by:

  • Offering an exciting and wide ranging curriculum
  • Providing students with choices of courses to study
  • Providing high quality and impartial advice & guidance for all students to educate them about the choices available.

In order that our students can make informed choices we all have a role to play; teachers, parents and members of the local community. During the next term running up to Year 9 students finalising their options, you and your son/daughter will have access to a wide range of information and there will be opportunities for discussion with students and staff.

Key dates for events that make up the options process are as follows:

  • Year 9 Speed Careers Dating event : Wednesday 27th February 2019
  • Year 9 Options Assembly & Issue of Options Guides : : Monday 11th March 2019
  • Parents Information Evening (parents only) : Monday 11th March 2019 (6-7pm)
  • Y9 Options Evening (for parents and students) : Thursday 21st March 2019 (6-8pm)
  • Deadline for Y9 Options choices : Friday 5th April 2019

What follows will give you further information about the curriculum that students will have access to in September and also the activities and events that will give students and parents’ information to make the right curriculum choices for them.

This year’s Options process comes following a time of some considerable change to the organisation of qualifications and the curriculum by the current government. The vast majority of qualifications are now new specifications and as such have different content, style and in some cases qualification name to previously delivered specifications.

Year 10 Curriculum for September 2019

  • All students will study the compulsory core curriculum of Maths, English and Science.
  • Students will all complete programmes of study in the compulsory subjects of RE, PE and PDC (including Citizenship).
  • For the compulsory science part of the curriculum students will be guided to study either Combined or Triple Science GCSEs.
  • Students then have a range of options to choose to fill three time slots on their timetable.
  • To ensure that students are not being disadvantaged by not opting for a broad range of subjects including a facilitating subject. At least one of these three choices must be one of: Computing, French, Geography, German, History or Spanish.
  • The remaining two options can be selected from a wide range of subjects and types of qualification, including both GCSE, BTEC and Technical Award qualifications.

Oriel strongly believes that education is not a ‘one size fits all’ system. We believe that all students need a broad and balanced curriculum to give them a mix of academic, creative, practical and social skills to fit them for life in the fast moving world of the 21st century.

Our aim is such that each student will be able to follow a personalised learning plan which is both broad and balanced both in terms of the range of subjects they study but also with regard to the learning style involved.

The range of options within the Year 10 curriculum will be shared with you during the options process.

During the process of allocation of options choices please understand that while we will do our utmost to enable your son/daughter to follow their preferred personalised learning plan it may not, in a small number of cases, be possible e.g. if a course is vastly oversubscribed or only a very small number of students choose a course.

Subject Area Information

Between now and the 5th April 2019 there will be a programme of support and guidance for Year 9 to help them make their options choices.

During lessons Year 9 students will be given information to explain how the subjects they are currently studying form the foundation of courses in Year 10 and will give time for them to talk with teachers, ask questions and see examples of students work.

Parents Information Session

As part of the programme of advice and guidance for parents and students an Information Session will take place on Monday 11th March from 6pm until 7pm.

 This session is for parents and carers only and is a chance to find out about the curriculum studied and the different types of qualifications which can be gained by students when they finish Year 11. Information will be presented which will explain the differing natures of GCSE and more vocational courses and will give guidance as to how to help students select the right courses for them. I look forward to welcoming parents to what promises to be a very informative event.

Options Evening for All Year 9 Students and Parents/Carers

The Options Evening for Year 9 is on Thursday 21st March from 6-8pm. This is an extremely important event in the school’s calendar for Year 9. This is an informal evening, there is no main presentation and students and parents can arrive at any time during the session.

At the Options evening a range of information is available to help explain the nature of all the courses on offer for our students. Following the evening students will be asked to complete an options choice form. All options forms will need to be completed and handed in to their mentor by the Options Deadline on Friday 5th April 2019

Subject and course areas will have ‘stalls’ laid out with a wide variety of information and guidance to collect and take home. Teaching Staff from each subject area will be there to describe the options on offer, to discuss students’ suitability for courses and to be able to answer questions.

This is always a very well attended, busy and exciting evening and we look forward to welcoming as many parents and students as possible.

 I would like to thank you in advance for your support in ensuring our Year 9 students make informed curriculum choices and hope to see as many of you as possible at our Options events.

Yours sincerely

Helen Everitt

Deputy Headteacher


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