Year 9 Options Evening and Key Dates

3rd February 2016

Dear Parent

Year 9 GCSE Options Evening and Key Dates

As part of the GCSE options process at Caroline Chisholm School, we are holding an Options Information Evening on Tuesday 23rd February. The evening is an opportunity for students and parents to find out more about the GCSE courses available and how students can select subjects. The evening is in addition to the information your child will be receiving through an options assembly on the morning of 10th February. Other key dates that you should be aware of are listed below including a “Careers Day” on 25th February 2016, where students will have an opportunity to explore their options further.

Due to the large number of students in Year 9, the evening will be split into two sessions. The first will commence at 5.30 pm in the Main Hall and will be followed by the opportunity to speak to Subject Leaders about individual subject choices. The second session will follow the same format but will commence at 6.30 pm in the Main Hall. There will also be an opportunity to discuss any additional queries you may have with our pastoral, support and careers staff.

Please note that Parents’ Evenings will follow Options Evening – dates below. This will be an opportunity to talk to the individual subject teachers about your child’s progress and achievement this year and their suitability for the range of GCSE or equivalent courses available next year.

10th February – Extended GCSE “Options” Assembly for Year 9 Students.

23rd February – GCSE Options Evening for Parents and Students (5.30pm – 8.30pm).

25th February – Year 9 Careers Day at CCS: – External agencies to provide Year 9 students with information regarding potential careers (students only).

3rd March – Parents’ Evening (Year 9 Tutor Groups 9EU, 9JL, 9NLA, 9NST).

10th March – Parents’ Evening (Year 9 Tutor Groups 9CA, 9JV, 9MLN, 9SE).

13th April – Options Deadline Date:- All GCSE options choices to be completed online via “Insight” by Year 9 students. Parents will be able to see a summary of the choices made.

Summer Term: Year 9 exams, student interviews with a Vice Principal or Assistant Principal to discuss options before the choices are finalised.

GCSE Options Evening Booking Guidance

You can book up to 3 seats for this event (including student), using the booking system in Insight. To do this, follow the procedure below.

  • Go to Caroline Chisholm School website and click the ‘Parents’ tab.
  • Log in using your secure username and password. If you have forgotten your username or password details, please enter your email address at the bottom of the login screen for a password reset.
  • Choose Events Booking from the menu and then select either the 5.30 pm or 6.30 pm booking.
  • Choose your seat[s] by clicking on a seat number on the grid. You can choose up to 3 seats; please do not leave single gaps between seats. The information will automatically be saved.
  • Print a record of your seat numbers using the print tab on the top right of the screen.

The GCSE Option Booklet will be available on the School website from Monday 8th February 2016. For environmental reasons we will not be producing a paper copy for students although you, of course, are welcome to print your own copy if you wish.

If you have any queries about the options process, please do not hesitate to contact the Year 9 team or me at the school.

We look forward to seeing you on 23rd February.

Yours sincerely

Sue Rose
Vice Principal