Key Stage 4 Options Process

Students at MECE complete a comprehensive KS4 Options process during Terms 3 and 4 of Year 9. Lead by DHT and supported by HOY9 and Year 9 tutors, students are offered in depth information, guidance and support and the opportunity to seek independent advice to ensure appropriate choices are made that allow them to realise their potential and be in a position to follow their desired route through onward education and into the world of work.

Additionally, parents are provided with opportunities to discuss the options available and are given ample information to ensure they can support their son/daughter through the process.

The process follows the format:

  • Straw poll (Dec): A non-committal indication by the student. Allows for Senior Leaders to develop staffing and curriculum plans and Middle Leaders to identify potential numbers.
  • Options Afternoon / Parent Information Evening (Feb): Afternoon information session for students (explain process, hand out curriculum booklets). That Evening a parent information evening and Options fayre providing opportunity to ask staff additional questions.
  • Subject Taster Sessions (Mar): Subject staff have the opportunity to use timetabled lesson time to showcase GCSE curriculum
  • Options Deadline (end of March):  All student options forms returned
  • Induction (June):  Following the completion of the allocations, students complete an induction to each of their options. Typically, this includes a 2-hour session for each subject and a summer task being set.  On completing induction – confirmation letters are sent to parents (July)

January 2021 Update

This year the Options process will be completed virtually whilst we are in this extended period of remote provision. Please see the series of events in place to support students (and parents):

Event

Description

Date

Time

Location

Further information

‘Decision making’ workshop

A 45-minute workshop led by Mrs Hills, (Assistant Head & Careers Lead) and Ms Biddiss (Head of Year) on 'thinking for our future': what options lie ahead of us and how to start thinking about our choices. 

Tuesday 26 January

Period 4 (12.30pm)

Year 9 Options Google Classroom

The workshop will run in place of students’ timetabled period 4 lesson on this day.  Attendance is compulsory.

Google Classroom code with be shared via Tutor on Monday

 

 

Options launch for students

A 45-minute extended assembly to launch the 2021 Options process with students led by Miss Bliss (Deputy Head).  There will be a presentation about the specifics of the 2021 options process including how to complete the Options form.

 

Tuesday 2 February

Period 5 (2.20pm)

Year 9 Options Google Classroom

This assembly will run in place of the timetabled period 5 lesson on this day

Attendance is compulsory.

Options launch for Parents

A 30-minute presentation to launch the Options presentation to parents led by Ms Bliss and Mr Hartley.  There will be a QA opportunity.

 

Tuesday 2 February

6.30pm

Zoom

Registration details will be sent to parents 26.1.2021

Year 9 Progress Report Issued

 

Spring Progress report issued to parents

 

Friday 5 February

 

By 4pm

Email

 

Year 9 (virtual) Parents’ Evening

An opportunity to speak to your son/daughter’s teachers about current engagement and progress and suitability for GCSE courses (where appropriate)

 

Tuesday 9 February

4.30-7pm

School Cloud online parents’ evening platform

Registration & login details will be sent to parents 28.1.2021.

Deadline for Options Forms

The deadline for students to have submitted their Options form.

Thursday 11 February

4pm

Google Forms

Google Form link will be shared with students, via the Options Google Classroom, on Monday 8 February

 

The Options Booklet and Information about the Core Curriculum

The Options booklet will be released to students via Google Classroom, with a hard copy coming in the post too, on 2 February 2021.  You can also view a copy here.

 

Course information, including videos from the staff, will be available on the Subject Information tab. I encourage you to have a thorough explore.

You will find some information about the examined Core Curriculum that all students will follow here:

Maths          Maths GCSE Video

English 

Science       Science GCSE Video

 

Please find some other useful information shared with parents about the current educational landscape:

Information about Key Stage 4: The National Picture

Year 9 GCSE Options Process Letter - January 2021

Parent Information Presentation - 02 February 2021