31st March, 2021

GCSE Options 2021

Dear Students/Parents/Guardians,

At this time of year, we ask Year 9 students and their parents/guardians to think about their subject choices for next year. This year we are providing information to help you and your child make these important decisions in a number of ways. You should have received, along with this letter an Options Booklet. The Options Booklet has a breakdown of the Level 2 courses on offer at Trinity School and a little information about what might be covered and where this course of study might lead. To further help with these important decisions about the future, each department has produced a short video to explain what it means to study their subject and Mr Bennett has produced an introductory video to give an overview of the Options process, these are available HERE. During the first week of next term, teachers will take the opportunity during their lesson to discuss with the students in general about their subject, what is studied and where it might lead to in the future. We are able this year to offer a remote parents’ evening which will take place on Thursday 22nd April. This will give you a further opportunity to discuss the future as well as your child’s progress.

The Options Form allows students to make some choices for next year’s curriculum.

Students should choose between History or Geography (Box A).

Students can then choose from a list in the Practical Option Block (Box B).

Finally, students can choose from a list in the Mixed Option Block (Box C).

There is a space to put a reserve choice from Box B and Box C.

Some helpful hints about completing the Options Form would include:

• Make sure you fill a choice in each Box

• Think carefully about what you might want to do in the future, dropping History if you want to be a History teacher would be a mistake!

• Don’t choose a subject because of what your friends are doing, they may end up in a different class.

• Don’t choose a subject because you like a particular teacher, they may not teach that subject in Year 10.

An Options Form is included with the letters you should have received, but can also be downloaded from the options page HERE. Once completed please send it back by e-mail to office@trinity.nottingham.sch.uk or your child could drop it into the office. It should arrive on or before Friday 30th April 2021.

We understand that students and parents/guardians may feel that these are big decisions to make with only a limited amount of information and to help with this we will allow much more flexibility for changes in September. If you are concerned about anything to do with the Options Process please feel free to contact me on the above e-mail address.

Yours sincerely

R Bennett