Year 8 students are entering an important and exciting stage of their secondary education: making choices for GCSE courses. This page provides information about the process and will be updated as the term progresses.
In advance of the Year 8 Options Consultation Evening on Thursday 11 March (more details to follow), we have published an Options Booklet containing details regarding next year’s curriculum. This contains details of the subjects available, their content and structure, as well as other guidance. The booklet has been emailed to Year 8 students and parents/carers. If we don't have an email address for a parent/carer, a paper copy of the booklet has been posted home. It is also published below on this webpage.
In addition to the booklet, this year we have recorded short information films that give more detail regarding subject content, assessment format and reasons why the subject may be a suitable choice. Links to these films are in the options booklet and also below on this webpage.
The information should be read and viewed carefully and discussed between students and their parents/carers so that parents can assist their child in making good subject choices. It is important to discuss both the appropriateness of the subjects and their suitability to the students' individual needs. We advise that students choose subjects that they will enjoy, are appropriate to their intended career, and are areas of study where success can be achieved.
You can view the options booklet via the following link: Options Booklet 2021
You can view the information films about each subject by using the links in the table below:
|Modern Foreign Languages||https://youtu.be/s7ZOuODqg78|
|Art and Design||https://youtu.be/18rCdZzxFvM|
|Digital Information Technology||https://youtu.be/nXRbuguQKjY|
|Hospitality and Catering||https://youtu.be/cN_53UtZLT4|
Online Options Consultation Evening
The Online Options Consultation Evening for all Year 8 students and their parents and carers is on Thursday 11 March, from 4 pm to 7 pm. We suggest that the booklet is read and videos are viewed in advance, making a note of subjects that are of particular interest as well as any questions. Appointments can then be made for subjects that are being considered as option choices so that you can talk to subject teachers and other available staff to find out more about which will be the most appropriate choices. Please do not make appointments for every subject; please only book in with the subjects you are interested in for GSCE.
Appointments will be available in the same way that the online tutor and parents' evening bookings have worked this year. The online booking system is open from 9 am on Monday 1 March and will close at 4 pm on Wednesday 10 March 2021. If a teacher is fully booked, please add your name to the waiting list and the teacher will telephone you. Should you wish to make any changes after the booking system closes, please contact Mrs A Woodcock, via the main college number or by emailling email@example.com.
Once the booking system is open, appointments can be made via the following link: https://www.thespirescollege.com/parents/parents-and-tutor-evenings
You do not need to download a specific programme to enable the video appointments to work and the system can be accessed via a mobile phone, tablet, laptop or computer.
If you do not have access to the internet, please contact Mrs A Woodcock, via the main college telephone number, who will be happy to arrange telephone appointments on your behalf.
Submitting Option Choices
On Thursday 11 March all Year 8 students will receive an email with a link to the online Option Choice form. The deadline to submit this form is Thursday 18 March 2021. Parents and carers are asked to ensure they have made time to consider and discuss the option choices with their child before completion of the Option Choice form.
As far as possible, we will do our best to meet individual preferences and to ensure that students follow courses which are suitable to their ability. However, if there is insufficient interest in any course or the combination of courses selected are not compatible we will need to review the feasibility of running them. For this reason the reserve choices are important and should be given equal careful consideration.
Questions or Queries
Should you wish to discuss any aspect of the options process, Mrs Faulkner - Head of Year 8, Mr Kay - Assistant Principal and Mr Sutherland - Vice Principal, will be available for appointments at the Options Consultation Evening.