Dereham Neatherd High School

Dereham Neatherd High School

A Specialist Language College

Year 9 Options Evening on 9th February

Dear Parents and Carers

Year 9 Key Stage 4 Options Evening, Tuesday 9th February 2016

I am writing to invite you to attend our Year 9 GCSE Options Evening on Tuesday 9th February 2016. The evening has been arranged to enable you to begin the process of considering which subjects your son/daughter will take in Years 10 and 11. Our aim is to give you an overview and understanding of the different courses on offer. Students will receive their Options Booklet around one week before the event. You will also receive your child’s Year 9 Spring report by post a few days before the evening, allowing you and your son/daughter to have some initial discussions about appropriate options choices.

The event will run between 5.30pm and 7.00pm. There will be an opportunity to talk to subject-specific staff and to see student work and examination materials. We also ask that you attend one of the short central presentations in the Sports Hall. For your convenience, and to spread out the numbers, we have arranged for two presentations to take place: one at 5.30pm and one at 6.00pm.

Our Careers Advisor, Mrs James, will also be available on the evening for any careers-related advice. If you would like to book an appointment with her to discuss your son / daughter’s options choices and career plans, please contact her via

The Options Evening will then be followed (after the half-term holiday) by a Parents’ Evening on Thursday 25th February, when you can receive more personalised advice from teachers as to the appropriateness of Key Stage 4 courses your child may be considering.

Please note that the Options Choices forms need to be returned no later than Tuesday, 1st March.

We hope you will be able to attend both of these important evenings, and look forward to seeing you. If you have any queries about the options process in general, please do not hesitate to contact me via

Yours sincerely

Mr J. Mallett

Assistant Headteacher (Curriculum)