Dear parents and carers of Year 9 students,
It is finally time for your child to choose their options. Most students are excited at the prospect of this, as it is their first real opportunity to take control of their education. It also allows both school and home to talk to students about the courses and careers that they may follow when they leave school.
Our approach at Bishop Luffa is to emphasise the opportunity that this gives students to really immerse themselves in subjects that they enjoy; however, it is also important that students do not narrow their focus so much that they limit their options when they leave school. The role of teachers, parents and carers is to help the children to find that balance.
There are a number of key dates during the process:
|Tuesday 4th - Friday 7th January 2022||Faculties talk to students about their subjects|
|Friday 7th January||
14-16 Course booklet issued online to students
Year 9 Assembly to explain process
|Monday 10th January||Windows for making preliminary online choices starts. Instructions will be emailed to parents and carers.|
|Thursday 13th January||
Year 9 Grades issued
Year 9 Options Information Evening (parents and carers only) - 6.30pm Virtual
|Wednesday 19th January||Deadline for Year 9 Preliminary Choices deadline|
|Thursday 27th January||Parents' & Carers' Consultation Evening (Parents, Carers & Students) - 4.00pm - 7.00pm Virtual|
|Monday 31st January||Year 9 final online choices deadline|
The Options Information Evening for parents and carers will be virtual and a recording of the presentation is available here. Year 9 Parents and Carers Evening will go ahead as calendared, but will be virtual. Your child has the opportunity to discuss their courses and seek information, advice and guidance from staff in school. We also have created a Year 9 options area of the school website with videos from Heads of Faculty and team leaders giving information about their courses. This will provide additional support for those students who are in school and will provide the information needed to make good choices for students who are unable to attend school.
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s Head of House or Mr Stuart White, Deputy Head, who will be running the options process.
Thank you for your support,
Mr Austen Hindman