Key Stage 4 Curriculum Choices – Year 9 Options

Dear Parent/Carer,

Over the next two months, your daughter will receive information about the curriculum choices available to students at St Marylebone in Key Stage 4.  The National Curriculum allows a certain amount of choice within a broad and balanced curriculum.  There will be opportunities for both you and your daughter to discuss options choices with Teaching Staff, Senior Staff and our Independent Careers Advisers.

In conjunction with the above you will also receive information about the GCSE 1-9 assessment measures that came into effect in September 2016.

As part of our GCSE options and guidance process we will be holding a Careers Inspiration Fair on the 14th February 2019 for students to attend with their parents. Professionals from many different industries will be present in school to talk to students about future career pathways and the industries they work in. The purpose of this evening is to provide students with the opportunity to start thinking about where their skills and interests lie and what career pathways they may be interested in following. This preparation will help focus students on picking the option choices that match up to their future interests. Further information about this event can be found on the reverse of this letter.

Please see below the key dates of the options process and how the school is supporting your daughter in choosing her GCSE options.

Throughout January  Student meetings with Independent Careers Advisers
Monday 28th January Year 9 Parents Evening 4.00pm-6.30pm at Blandford Street
Monday 4th February Y9 GCSE Options Assembly – Options process explained and options booklet given to students
Thursday 14th February Careers Inspiration Fair 3.45pm – 5.15pm (main site)
Thursday 7th March Options carousel for Year 9 students during periods 5 & 6
Thursday 7th March Options evening for Year 9 students and parents/carers 5.00pm – 7.00pm (main site)
Monday 18th  –  Thursday 22nd March     Y10 students visit Y9 tutor groups to provide student perspective on GCSE study
Monday 25th March – Friday 29th March Interviews with senior member of staff, parents welcome to attend. Students finalise GCSE  option choices and hand in their signed options form

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me: I look forward to seeing you at the careers and options evenings,

Yours faithfully,

Ms S. George

Assistant Headteacher – Curriculum