Year 9 Careers Inspiration Fair, Thursday 14th February, 3.45pm-5.15pm, (main site)

Dear Parent/Carer,

We would like to invite you and your daughter to a Year 9 Careers Inspiration Fair on Thursday 14th February. There will be a number of employers from a range of sectors including ICT, Engineering, Law, Media, Performing Arts and Architecture, who will be available to talk to students about their job roles and the industries they work in.  The employers will also answer questions about their different career paths and the skills and qualifications needed in their industry.

The purpose of the evening is to:

  • Raise student awareness about different careers and entry routes to those careers
  • Inspire students to develop new skills and interests
  • Help students make informed decisions on which GCSE options to pick based on potential careers they are interested in

Pastoral and Senior Staff will be supporting the event alongside the school’s Independent Careers Advisers Mr Jackson and Ms Kenneth to offer advice and guidance for students and parents.

Over the years we have found this event to be extremely useful when it comes to your daughter making her GCSE subject choices. It also serves as a great opportunity to engage in careers discussion with your daughter.

We would like all students to attend this event with their parents, however, if this is not possible please ensure your daughter comes independently. I hope you will be able to take advantage of this exciting opportunity. The amount of time you spend at the evening depends on how many professionals your daughter wants to talk to. I would encourage that they speak to as many professionals as possible. Nearer the event date your daughter will be provided with a mini resource pack to help direct conversations and allow students to complete some independent research prior to the event.

Please return the reply slip below no later than Friday 25th January to confirm your attendance. Please can I also ask you to indicate the time frame you will be likely to visit on the slip below. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Yours faithfully,

Ms F. Congdon    

Assistant Head Teacher – Careers


Reply slip for Year 9 Careers Inspiration Fair Thursday 14th February 3.45-5.15pm in the Maths corridor

Student Name: ______________________________________________________     Form: _________________

Please tick the appropriate statement:

  • My daughter will be attending this event and I (Parent/Carer) will be accompanying her _______
  • My daughter will be attending this event on her own ______


Please circle likely time of arrival:  

3.45 – 4.15pm                         4.15 – 4.45pm                       4.45pm – 5.15pm

Signed (Parent/Carer) __________________________________________

Please return this slip to your daughters Form Tutor by January 25th.

Year 9 Careers Inspiration Fair, Thursday 14th Feb, 3.45 – 5.15pm

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


Monday 21st May 2018

Dear Parent or Carer,

We will soon be installing a biometric cashless catering system at school. This system will enable pupils to pay for meals in school by presenting their fingerprint rather than carrying cash.

In line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we have included a consent form with this letter about the implementation of this. It explains how we would obtain and use your daughter or son’s fingerprint (otherwise known as “biometric information”). Please read this carefully, and return the reply slip if you agree to the school processing your child’s biometric information. Biometric registration will take place on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th June.

Going forwards, students’ catering accounts will be topped-up via Parentpay. Please log on to Parentpay in the normal way, and select the “School Meals” payment item. It will be possible to view your child’s menu choices, and to set up email notifications alerting you when your child’s balance falls below an amount of your choosing. Please visit the communication page on your Parentpay account to organise this. The system will reduce the loss of cash carried by pupils, and give parents/carers oversight of how their child spends money in school. It will enable a faster food service, and mean that pupils receiving Free School Meals will no longer need to collect a token from reception.

The school has set a maximum daily spend limit of £5.00. If you would like to amend this, please contact the finance department by emailing

If your child benefits from Free School Meals, the value of this will be added to your child’s account at noon each day, ready for the start of lunch service. For more information on Free School Meals eligibility, please contact Ms Swan:

We are keen to provide an opportunity for parents and carers to find out more about this system and ask any questions they may have. As such, we will be holding an information evening on Thursday 7th June. This will be a drop-in session between 6-7pm in the theatre on the Marylebone High Street site.

If you would like more information, or the chance to discuss this further, please contact Jennifer Ansell, Finance Manager:

The cashless catering system will go live on Monday 25th June, and no cash will be accepted at the tills from this date. If you have not given consent for your child’s fingerprint to be used for this purpose, we will talk with you about a reasonable alternative. We will of course also be informing the students about this.

Yours faithfully,

Ms S Anderson, Assistant Headteacher

Ms J Ansell, Finance Manager



Letter regarding the rearranged date for year 9 Options Evening

1st March 2018

Dear Year 9 Parents and Carers,


Re-arranged: Options Evening, Monday 5th March 4-6pm

Please note: this will be at our Blandford Street Sixth-Form site.


On Monday, 5th March, 4-6pm, you and your daughters are invited into school for the Options Evening at the School’s Blandford Street site. During this time you will have the opportunity to speak to Heads of Learning and subject staff. There will also be a talk for parents and carers about the KS4 Options process.

Please attend either the first talk at ​4.15pm or the second talk at 5pm. The evening will finish at 6pm. ​Please read through the Options Booklet with your daughter before this important evening. If you have any questions, please come and speak to me at the Options Evening or email me:

I look forward to seeing you at the Options Evening next week.


Yours faithfully,

Ms S. George

Assistant Headteacher: Curriculum


A message regarding the weather and Year 9 Options Evening tomorrow.

Dear Year 9 Parents and Carers,
We are aware that the weather tomorrow on Options Evening might well be snowy and cold.  We do intend to go ahead with Options Evening and urge you to travel in good time to be able to attend.  
The options evening will run from 5pm-7pm. There will be a talk given in the theatre about the options process at 5.15pm which will be repeated again at 6pm. Please attend one of these presentations. 
If the weather changes terribly for the worse to the extent that we really are forced to change the plan, we will alert you via email and Twitter.  Let’s hope that does not have to happen as it is such an important evening for the Year 9 students.
Kind regards,
Sonia George
Assistant Headteacher – Curriculum
St Marylebone CE School
Tel: 020 7935 4704